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.

Directions

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?

Species Dates
adult coho and chinook  September to November
steelhead February
juvenile coho and steelhead year-round
chinook fry April and May

Fish Production

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

Contact

Phone: 250-724-6521
Fax: 250-724-6603
Email: Lorrie Nash

10333 B Central Lake Road
Port Alberni, B.C.
V9Y 8Z2

Hours:
Open to the public: Open to the public Mondays to Fridays 8:30 am to 3:30 pm  Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.

Key Activities

  • Fish production to support sustainable fisheries
  • Stock conservation
  • Stewardship and education
  • Habitat restoration
  • Stock assessment
  • Coded-wire tagging
  • First Nations partnerships
  • External partnerships
  • Water management
  • Lake enrichment
  • Lake productivity monitoring

Local Fishing and Community Involvement