The Chehalis River Hatchery is responsible for rearing and for releasing a range of fish species, including Coho, Chinook and Chum Salmon, and Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. This Department of Fisheries and Oceans facility is the largest producer of Chum Salmon on the Fraser River, and in the spring of 1998 an estimated 9 million Chum fry were released. The hatchery compound is open to visitors year round, and there are self-guiding interpretive signs on-site.
Viewing Highlights - Within the compound, fish of various ages are visible in the troughs and tanks throughout the year. In November, salmon can be seen spawning in the hatchery out-flow channel and in the small stream near the parking lot.
Directions - From Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) follow the hatchery directional signs north onto Morris Valley Road. Continue straight to the site.
Weaver Creek Spawning Channel is 2932 m long, about the same length as the new runway at Vancouver International Airport. It was constructed in 1965, and is operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The channel compound is open daily when the fish spawn from late September to early November. When loaded, a total of 32,000 Sockeye Salmon (19,000 females and 13,000 males) and 2500 Chum Salmon use the channel, depositing an estimated 76 million eggs. This means that in each 1 m of channel length there were about 27,285 eggs.
Viewing Highlights - Next to the Adams River east of Kamloops, this is one of the best sites to observe the bright red Sockeye Salmon. There are also some Chum Salmon that use the channel and adjacent creek to spawn, and in odd years (ie. 1999, 2001) a few Pink Salmon can be seen also.
Directions - From Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) follow the directional signs north onto Morris Valley Road. The channel is past Chehalis River Hatchery, about 12 km from the highway.
Kilby Provincial Park is located at Harrison Mills on the Harrison River, opposite Harrison Bay. The Chehalis Flats area is located upstream of the Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) bridge over the Harrison River. Both areas contain important fish and wildlife habitats. The park contains a small campground and a boat launch.
Viewing Highlights – This area is best known as the winter home of an estimated 700 to 1,100 Bald Eagle. The eagles begin arriving in early November and most have departed by late January. The presence of dead and dying salmon attracts the eagles to this area. The salmon are spawning in a series of rivers and streams that feed into the Harrison River, including the Chehalis River and Weaver Creek systems.
The Trumpeter Swans that utilize Nicomen Slough can be found here almost daily during the winter.
Directions - From Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) follow the provincial park and binocular logo directional signs south onto School Road at the eastern end of the highway bridge. Continue straight to the t-junction and turn right onto Kilby Road, pass the historic Kilby Store and Farm, and continue to the park.
Sasquatch Provincial Park
The outlet of Hicks Lake is a small dam and fish ladder. A trail leads along the creek and across the dam.
Viewing Highlights - During the months of March and April look for spawning Cutthroat Trout. They are best seen early in the morning or at sunset.
Directions - From Highway 7 in Agassiz follow the signs to Harrison Hot Springs via Highway 9. Follow the park directional signs onto Rockwell Drive and to the park. Continue into the park and follow signs leading to Hicks Lake Day Use Area.
The Green Point Day Use area is located on Harrison Lake. Just before entering the parking area you cross Trout Lake Creek.
Viewing Highlights - In the lower reaches of the creek (creek mouth to the culvert) look for spawning Chum Salmon in October and November.
Directions - From Highway 7 in Agassiz follow the signs to Harrison Hot Springs via Highway 9. Follow the park directional signs onto Rockwell Drive and to the Green Point Day Use Area on Harrison Lake.
Fish viewing demands courtesy and common sense. For the well-being of fish, other wildlife and their habitats please follow these guidelines.
Be Considerate of Fish and Wildlife
Where possible, use binoculars to view from a distance rather than approaching too closely.
Be Considerate of Habitat
Plants are an important part of fish and wildlife habitat. Please do not remove or damage them, and stay on designated trails or roads.
Be Considerate of Other People
Respect private property and the viewing activities of others.
Pets can harm fish and wildlife, and can hinder viewing opportunities. Keep pets on a leash and do not allow them to enter streams when fish are spawning
Throwing rocks or other items into streams will disturb spawning fish, and may cause siltation that prevents eggs from hatching.
Please dispose of all garbage in a proper receptacle.