Pinkut Creek Spawning Channel


Fax: 604-666-1949
George Chandler

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1180
Burns Lake, B.C.
V0J 1E0

Open to the public: Please telephone ahead to inquire about opening hours.

Key Activities

  • Fish production
  • Support sustainable fisheries

Local Fishing and Community Involvement


We want to assure Canadians of our commitment to maintaining essential services and delivering on our project requirements while advancing measures to minimize transmission of COVID-19.

For the safety of our staff and visitors, this location will be closed to the public until further notice.

This year a number of bears have been milling around the Babine Lake Marine Provincial park and the Pinkut spawning channel. For safety reasons, Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed public access to the spawning channel until December 15, 2017.

The Pinkut Creek Project was built in 1968. As with the channels at the Fulton River Project, the Pinkut Creek channel was built to produce additional sockeye fry that could take advantage of the rearing potential of Babine Lake. The project rears sockeye salmon. On average, 45 million fry are produced from the channel each spring.


Please Note: All visitors MUST have a two-way radio in their cars to access this site.

Coming from the Town of Burns Lake, turn off the highway onto the radio-controlled Babine Lake Road. Continue to the radio-controlled Auger Logging Road, and turn right. Travel for 26 kilometres and turn left onto the radio-controlled Grizzly Logging Road. After two kilometres, turn left onto the radio controlled Fisheries Logging Road and continue for approximately 20 kilometres.


Visiting the hatchery

The site is usually not open to the public. Please call in advance to ask about opening hours. Depending on the time of year, visitors can see migrating or spawning sockeye salmon. There are no public facilities available in the area and there is one information sign.

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
sockeye mid-August to late-September