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Chilliwack River hatchery

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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.

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About us

The Chilliwack River Hatchery was built in 1981 to help restore salmon populations to historic levels. The Chilliwack River watershed has, over several decades, been subjected to impacts that had reduced salmon productivity and sustainability. The hatchery maintains salmon populations for commercial, sport and First Nations fisheries. It is also involved in public and community education, stewardship and support for various government agencies (including habitat restoration), fish management, stock assessment and science research. Furthermore, as a result of sustaining fish populations, local and national economies benefit from this Canadian salmon resource.

Visiting the hatchery

Address and contact information

55205 Chilliwack Lake Rd
Chilliwack BC  V4Z 1A7

Telephone: 604-858-7227
Fax: 604-858-0461
Hatchery manager:
Alex Klingemann Email: Alex.Klingemann@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Jeremy Mothus Email: Jeremy.Mothus@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Directions

From Highway 1, about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, take exit 119. Head south on Vedder Road through the communities of Sardis and Vedder Crossing until you come to the Vedder Crossing Bridge. Turn left onto Chilliwack Lake Road immediately before the bridge. Continue on Chilliwack Lake Road for 20 kilometres until you cross the Slesse Creek Bridge; the Chilliwack River Hatchery is on the immediate left. Public parking access is 100 metres further up the main road. Parking for the disabled is through the main gate.

Tours

Public tours are self-guided and the loop trail of the hatchery site will take 30 minutes to complete. School group tours and viewing of adult salmon migration, holding, trapping, sorting and spawning can be arranged by phoning Telephone: (604) 858-7227. The site is paved, with lots of public parking and wheelchair access. Public washrooms are located beside the Egg Take Shelter building.

Key activities

Local fishing and community involvement

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
Chinook adults August to November
Coho adults October to December
Steelhead adults March to April
Coho juveniles all year
Chinook juveniles February to April
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