Point Adams Research Station, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

A research station of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

Our Location

The Point Adams Research Station is located at the mouth of the Columbia River in Hammond, Oregon.

Our History

Point Adams Research Station is located at the site of the historic Point Adams Life‐Saving Station dating back to 1889. The life‐saving station was part of the U.S. Life‐Saving Service (predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard) and provided vital rescue services for the growing number of merchant and fishing vessels plying the waters of the Columbia River. The U.S. Coast Guard took over management of the station in 1915.

In 1939 the original station house was demolished and the current building was erected and served as the Point Adams Lifeboat Station from 1939‐1967. NOAA Fisheries took possession of the campus in 1969. Today the station house serves as office and laboratory space for NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center professionals. Three auxiliary buildings dating to 1889, 1925, and 1939 are still in use as boat and equipment storage. NOAA‐Fisheries is proud to be the stewards for such historic buildings and for preserving and maintaining the legacy of the Point Adams Research Station.