Gates Spawning Channel

Completed in 1968, the Gates Creek Spawning Channel has been operated by a number of different government and non-government organizations. Currently the spawning channel is operated by the First Nations group N’Quatqua Fisheries Inc. The channel was established in response to declining populations of sockeye in the watershed. Since then, the spawning channel has offset the decline and has gradually increased sockeye salmon numbers. The channel, at slightly less than two kilometres in length, has a capacity of 20,000 adult salmon. Recent returns to the watershed range from 3,000 to 100,000 adults. The site is one kilometre upstream from Anderson Lake, whose water can be used to keep the channel’s water temperatures optimal in the winter.

Directions

The spawning channel is located in Devine, just south of D'Arcy. Turn right at the cemetery and old church about 37 kilometres from the highway junction in Mount Currie. Cross the one-lane bridge and the spawning channel is immediately on the right.

 

Visiting the Hatchery

Self-guided tours are available. Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is the closest camping ground, which is about 20 kilometres away.

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
spawning sockeye adults August 20 to September 15

Contact

No phone number available

100 Lakeshore Drive
Darcy, B.C.
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Hours: Open to the public: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.

Key Activities

  • Stock conservation
  • Stock assessment
  • First Nations partnerships
  • External partnerships

Local Fishing and Community Involvement