Puntledge River Hatchery
The Puntledge River was once renowned by sports fishermen for its two vigorous races of chinook salmon. The Puntledge River Hatchery boasted both summer and fall runs of these majestic salmon as well as significant numbers of other salmon species and steelhead trout. The hatchery was constructed to save these chinook from extinction and to rebuild other species to healthy levels. Most recently, strong Puntledge River chum returns have attracted large numbers of recreational fishers from across Vancouver Island.
From the Inland Island Highway, take the Courtenay Cumberland exit and turn east to Courtenay. At the traffic lights for Cumberland Road, turn left and then take the first left at Marsden Road. Turn right on Lake Trail Road, and left on Powerhouse Road. From the City of Courtenay, travel up Fifth Street, then turn right onto Menzies Avenue. Continue past Puntledge Park on First Street, then turn right onto Powerhouse Road.
Visiting the Hatchery
Self-guided tours are available throughout the site. There are informative signs and displays to guide viewers as well as an underwater viewing area. Guided tours are available but please call or email the hatchery in advance to make arrangements. There are no fish on site from mid-June to mid-September.
When can I see salmon?
|adult chinook, pink, coho and chum||mid-September to December 1|
|juvenile chinook, pink, coho and chum||mid-March to June 1|
Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.
Email: Laurent Frisson
38 Powerhouse Road
PO Box 3111
38 Powerhouse Road
Open to the public: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.
- Stock conservation
- Fish production to support sustainable fisheries
- Stock assessment
- Coded-wire tagging
- First Nations partnerships
- External partnerships
- Water management
- Lake productivity monitoring
- Stewardship and education
- Freshwater: Region 1 - Vancouver Island
- Tidal Water: Area 14 (Comox/Parksville/Denman and Hornby Islands)
- Community Projects: Central portion, east coast of Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland inlets
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