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Conuma River Hatchery

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About us

The Conuma River Hatchery is located at the head of the Tlupana Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island about four kilometres upstream of the Conuma River Estuary. Originally designated as a chum enhancement facility in the early 1980s, it has evolved into a major chinook enhancement facility. The hatchery annually releases about 3.5 million seapen-reared chinook smolts into five different watersheds and estuaries in the Nootka Sound area. The hatchery also rears chum and coho in the Conuma River and chum in the Tlupana, Canton and Sucwoa rivers. Busy periods are from September to October, when adult capture and egg-take processes occur and from March to June when juveniles are reared and released.

Visiting the hatchery

Address and contact information

Mailing address:
Conuma River Hatchery
PO Box 247
Tahsis BC  V0P 1X0

Telephone: 250-283-7148 or 250-283-7171
Fax: 250-283-7171
Hatchery manager: Mike Austin


8 am to 4 pm daily
Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.


From Campbell River, follow Hwy 28 to the Village of Gold River. From Gold River, follow road signs to Tahsis along the Head Bay Forestry Road for 36 kilometres. The hatchery is on the left.


For safety concerns, Conuma River Hatchery staff guide all public tours. Please call ahead to book all tours, which take about a half hour. Community groups and school programs that participate in stewardship and educational activities, such as classroom incubation and stream enhancement, may obtain guided tours as well. The Conuma Hatchery does not have any public facilities. For further information, please telephone the hatchery.

Key activities

Local fishing and community involvement

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
Chinook adults mid-September to early October
Coho adults October to November
Chum adults late September to October
Chum juveniles March to April, early May
Coho juveniles all year
Chinook juveniles mid-February to late May

End of September to the end of October is the best time to view adult salmon on site. February, March, April, and the beginning of May is the best time to view salmon fry on site.

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