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?

When to see salmon
Species Dates
coho adults November
chum adults November

Fish Production

Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.

Capturing salmon.
Salmon in habitat.
Holding ponds.


Phone: 604-826-0244
Fax: 604-826-1446
Email: Stu Barnetson

Mailing Address: Inch Creek Hatchery
Box 61
Dewdney, B.C.
V0M 1H0

Hours: Open to the public 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day.

Key Activities

Local Fishing and Community Involvement