Robertson Creek Hatchery
The Robertson Creek Hatchery began as the largest pink salmon spawning channel in North America; it is now a coho and chinook salmon enhancement facility. The hatchery contributes to First Nations fisheries as well as to other local commercial seine and gillnet fisheries. The Alberni Valley is a popular sport and guided-fishing spot that attracts fishers from around the world. The influx of visitors creates employment and revenue for local businesses. The hatchery is regularly involved in educational visits to schools, teaching the basics of salmon enhancement. Visitors can experience and observe numerous activities involving the research of local salmon species year-round.
Head east through Port Alberni on Highway 4 and turn right on Central Lake Road. Follow the signs to the hatchery.
Visiting the Hatchery
Visitors are welcome at the hatchery for self-guided tours. There are signs on site that provide information about the hatchery’s activities. Staff members are happy to answer visitors’ questions. Guided tours are available if booked in advance; tours depend on staff availability. Public parking and washrooms are available.
When can I see salmon?
|adult coho and chinook||September to November|
|juvenile coho and steelhead||year-round|
|chinook fry||April and May|
Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.
Email: Lorrie Nash
10333 B Central Lake Road
Port Alberni, B.C.
Open to the public: Open to the public Mondays to Fridays 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.
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