Owned and operated by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, the Eklutna Salmon Hatchery was originally constucted in 1982 as a pink, chum, coho, and Chinook salmon hatchery.  In 1992, a majority of the facility was converted to sockeye salmon production; and the facility produced sockeye and coho smolts for release to Eklutna Tailrace and sockeye fry for release to several Cook Inlet lakes. In 1998, fish production was suspended and the facility has been maintained as an emergency backup system for Trail Lakes Hatchery.The facility is also used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to imprint and release Chinook and coho salmon smolts priort to their release in the Eklutna Tailrace.