Kitimat River Hatchery

The Kitimat River Hatchery began as a pilot project in 1977 and construction was completed in 1983. Since its completion, the hatchery maintains salmon populations for commercial, sport and First Nations fisheries. The hatchery attracts anglers from around the world to fish in the Douglas Channel and Kitimat River, anglers that contribute to the local economy. The hatchery is also involved in public and community education and stewardship, and supports fish management, stock assessment and science. Along with coordinating the Salmonids in the Classroom Program with elementary schools, steelhead smolts are also raised with the assistance of local high school students and are released annually. Thanks to the hatchery’s enhanced steelhead, the Kitimat River is the only location in northern British Columbia where steelhead harvesting is permitted.

Directions

Enter Kitimat on Highway 37. Continue straight through town across the Haisla Bridge (over the Kitimat River) and past Industrial Avenue and Radley Park towards the Rio Tinto Alcan smelters. Watch for signs just past the sand hill. The turn-off to the hatchery is on the left.

Visiting the Hatchery

Tours are available at the hatchery. All tours are guided walking tours lasting approximately 45 minutes and are wheelchair accessible. Public washrooms are available. It is recommended that visitors call ahead to arrange a tour (250-639-9888).

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
chinook adults July and August
chinook juveniles January to May
chum adults August
chum juveniles February to April
coho adults November
coho and steelhead juveniles all year

Fish Production

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

Contact

250-639-9888
Fax: 250-639-9220
Markus Feldhoff

Mailing Address:
PO Box 197
283 Haisla Blvd.
Kitimat, B.C.
V8C 2G7

Hours: Open to the public 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Closed on holidays and weekends.

Key Activities

Local Fishing and Community Involvement