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.

Directions

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?

Species Dates
adult chinook, pink, coho and chum mid-September to December 1
juvenile chinook, pink, coho and chum mid-March to June 1

Fish Production

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

Contact

Phone: 250-703-0908
Fax: 250-703-0905
Email: Laurent Frisson

38 Powerhouse Road
Courtenay, B.C.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3111
38 Powerhouse Road
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 5N3

Hours:
Open to the public: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.

Key Activities

  • 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

Local Fishing and Community Involvement