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.
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?
|chinook adults||July and August|
|chinook juveniles||January to May|
|chum juveniles||February to April|
|coho and steelhead juveniles||all year|
Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.
PO Box 197
283 Haisla Blvd.
Hours: Open to the public 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to
Closed on holidays and weekends.
- Fish production to support sustainable fisheries
- Stewardship and education
- External partnerships
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