Chehalis River Hatchery is a salmonid enhancement facility operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Government of Canada) near Harrison Mills in the province of British Columbia in Canada. We use modern fish culture techniques to produce coho salmon, chinook salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon, steelhead trout, and sea-run cutthroat trout. The juvenile fish are reared for two months to one year (depending on the species) at the hatchery and then released into the Chehalis River and the Harrison River. The juveniles then migrate to the Fraser River and out to the Pacific Ocean. The fish grow in the ocean from a few months up to four or five years. Those that have not been caught in various commercial and sport fisheries then return to the Chehalis River, the Harrison River, and the hatchery to spawn. Hatchery statistics and hatchery benefits provide detailed information. A current fishing report is also available.
From Vancouver, drive one hour east on Highway Number 1 (Trans Canada) and take exit 92 at Abbotsford to get to Mission. From Mission, drive east on Highway Number 7 (Lougheed) for about 20 minutes. Turn north onto Morris Valley Road (paved) at the Sasquatch Inn and the Hemlock Recreation Area sign. Follow Morris Valley Road for 6 km (See Region map). You will see our sign on the right.
We are open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is no charge.
All tours are self-guided. Follow the numbered display panels around the site. The tour takes one-half hour. Please obey all signs!
The site is paved with lots of public parking and wheelchair access. Public washrooms are located at the front of the main building to the right of the lobby entrance doors.
You will see juvenile salmon and trout in concrete and asphalt channels (See Hatchery site map).
Adult salmon and trout can be seen mainly from September until early February. The best time to see adult salmon is October and November. From mid to late October, adult salmon can also be viewed in the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel, 6 km further along Morris Valley Road.
Dogs are always allowed at the hatchery, but must remain on a leash at all times.
Chinook Adults: October to November
Coho Adults: June to November
Steelhead Adults: March to April
Coho Juveniles: All Year
Chinook Juveniles: March to May
Phone: (604) 796-2281 between 8am and 4 pm
Fax: (604) 796-9631
Mail: Chehalis River Hatchery
16250 Morris Valley Road
Agassiz, B.C. V0M 1A1
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