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Spius Creek Hatchery

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About us

The Spius Creek Hatchery produces coho and chinook salmon, with eggs collected throughout the mid-Fraser River watershed. At the hatchery, up to six month of incubation (eggs and alevin) is followed by up to 14 months of rearing (fry and smolts). As juveniles, the salmon are released back into the rivers of their origin in the spring. They then migrate downstream to the Thompson River and then the Fraser River, heading towards Georgia Strait.

Visiting the hatchery

Address and contact information

2857 Prospect Creek Rd
Merritt BC  V1K 1N8

Telephone: 250-378-2992
Fax: 250-378-3549
Hatchery manager: Alex Chila


From Kamloops, drive south on Highway 5 (Coquihalla) to Merritt and take Highway 8 west to Spences Bridge and continue for about 20 minutes. Turn south on Sunshine Valley Road West (watch for a sign for the hatchery). Follow this road (staying right) for two kilometres and the entrance is on the right.


All tours are self-guided, but guided tours can be arranged in advance for large groups by contacting the hatchery. Tours take about one hour. Please obey all signs. The site is not wheelchair accessible. Public washrooms are located in the main hatchery building. Picnic tables are available.

Key activities

Local fishing and community involvement

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
Chinook adults August to September
Coho adults October to November
Coho juveniles all year
Chinook juveniles all year
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