Snootli Creek Hatchery


Fax: 250-982-2971 
Haakon Hammer

Mailing Address:
Snootli Creek Hatchery
PO Box 95
Bella Coola, B.C.
V0T 1C0

Hours: Open to the public Mondays to Fridays 8:00 am to 3:30 pm 
Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.

Key Activities

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.

Completed in 1978, the Snootli Creek Hatchery’s mission is to rehabilitate the chum population in the Bella Coola River and its tributaries. The hatchery produces a number of salmonid species with adult salmon return numbers ranging from 360,000 to 2,160,000 depending on species, stock, release strategy and environmental factors. The Snootli Creek Hatchery has a long history of working with external initiatives to provide facilities and guidance for projects around the B.C. Central Coast. The hatchery is currently undergoing a major five-year $20.4 million renovation to modernize its infrastructure and improve its operations. The site will continue to be accessible to visitors during this period.


The Snootli Creek Hatchery is located 12 kilometres east of Bella Coola at the head of the North Bentinck Arm on B.C.'s central coast. Head east of Bella Coola on Highway 20 and watch for signs.


Visiting the hatchery

Guided tours are provided depending on the number of staff available. Please call ahead for additional tour information and tours for large groups. For the safety of the public, no self-guided tours are permitted. Currently there are no public facilities at the site.

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
chum juveniles released in March
chum eggtake July to August
coho eggtake October to November
coho juveniles year-round; released in May
chinook eggtakes August to early November
chinook juveniles released December to June
sockeye eggtake August to October
sockeye juveniles released February to May