Nadina River Spawning Channel

The Nadina River Spawning Channel was built in 1973 to produce additional sockeye fry that would take advantage of the rearing potential of Francois Lake. The channel enhances sockeye salmon exclusively, is three kilometres in length, has a capacity of 20,000 adult salmon and produces on average six million fry per year. Recent returns to the system have ranged from 3,000 to 195,000 sockeye adults. The site is snowed-in from early November to late April each year and is often subject to sudden closures during the late summer andfall due to grizzly bear activity.

Directions

Please note: Please be aware that visitors MUST have a two-way radio in their cars in order to travel on logging roads.

Follow the radio-controlled Huckleberry Logging Road for about 74 kilometres. Turn right on the radio-controlled Hill Tout Logging Road and continue for about 28 kilometres. Turn left at the Nadina River Logging Road and continue for another 28 kilometres, and turn right at the Nadina River Lake Forestry Campsite Road and continue for about two kilometres.

Visiting the Hatchery

Visitors are able to see migrating and spawning sockeye salmon during certain times of the year. There are no public facilities available in the area and limited signage.

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
sockeye mid-August to mid-September

Fish Production

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

Contact

250-697-2314
Fax: 250-697-6253
Dennis Graf

Mailing Address:
c/o Fulton Creek Spawning Channel
PO Box 9
Granisle, B.C.
V0J 1W0

Hours:
Open to the public: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.

Key Activities

  • Fish production
  • Support sustainable fisheries
  • Stock conservation

Local Fishing and Community Involvement