Inch Creek Hatchery
The Inch Creek Hatchery produces coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead for a number of local tributaries that lead to the Fraser River The project was originally conceived and constructed (from 1981 to 1983) as a satellite facility. Brood stock is collected from a number of local streams. Eggs are incubated and reared at the hatchery using groundwater exclusively from adjacent wells. When the eggs have developed into fry or smolts, they are released into their streams of origin, such as the Pitt and Stave rivers. The hatchery works regularly with community groups and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.
Travel approximately 10 kilometres east from Mission along Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) to Dewdney. The hatchery is 3 km off the highway. Turn off the highway at Hawkins Pickle Road just before Highway 7 crosses railway tracks. After 1.5 km, the name of the road changes to Bell Road. Please follow hatchery signs.
Visiting the Hatchery
Tours are provided, with advance booking to groups such as seniors and students. The hatchery is a host site for the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, which takes place in mid-November. Many displays, explaining salmon and wildlife, are available during this event.
When can I see salmon?
Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.
Email: Stu Barnetson
Mailing Address: Inch Creek Hatchery
Hours: Open to the public 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day.
- Fish production to support sustainable fisheries
- Stock conservation
- Stewardship and education
- Habitat restoration support
- Stock assessment
- Coded-wire tagging
- First Nations partnerships
- External partnerships
Local Fishing and Community Involvement
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