Weaver Creek Spawning Channel

Date: October 6- Nov 1
Times: Daily 8am-4pm

Location:   17780 Morris Valley Road Agassiz, B.C.
Telephone:   (604)796-9444
Website: Weaver Creek – Fisheries & Oceans Canada

The Weaver Creek Spawning Channel was built in 1965 to provide additional spawning habitat for sockeye salmon. In this channel, which is three kilometres long, sockeye salmon, and smaller numbers of chum and pink salmon, deposit their eggs naturally. Since this channel was built as an extension to the existing Weaver Creek, more salmon can spawn naturally than in the creek alone. The channel holds about 45,000 spawning adults. Recent returns to the system range from 1,000 to 100,000 adults. The spawning channel provides a stable flow of clean water for the salmon eggs and alevins in the gravel. As a result, the channel is protected from flooding and/or freezing that could kill eggs and alevins.

Directions

The channel is located between Mission and Agassiz, 12 kilometres north of the Lougheed Highway on Morris Valley Road. Take Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) east out of Mission for approximately 30 km to Harrison Mills. Turn north on Morris Valley Road and travel for about 12 km to reach Weaver Creek Spawning channel.

Visiting the Hatchery

All tours on site are self-guided. There are picnic areas, public parking and portable toilets for general use. The site is open from 8 am to 4 pm.

When can I see salmon?

Peak spawning activity is October 15-20.

Species Dates
Spawning sockeye October 6 to November

 

Inch Creek Hatchery

The Inch Creek Hatchery produces coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead for a number of local tributaries that lead to the Fraser River The project was originally conceived and constructed (from 1981 to 1983) as a satellite facility. Brood stock is collected from a number of local streams. Eggs are incubated and reared at the hatchery using groundwater exclusively from adjacent wells. When the eggs have developed into fry or smolts, they are released into their streams of origin, such as the Pitt and Stave rivers. The hatchery works regularly with community groups and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. .

Directions

Travel approximately 10 kilometres east from Mission along Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) to Dewdney. The hatchery is 3 km off the highway. Turn off the highway at Hawkins Pickle Road just before Highway 7 crosses railway tracks. After 1.5 km, the name of the road changes to Bell Road. Please follow hatchery signs.

 

Visiting the Hatchery

Tours are provided, with advance booking to groups such as seniors and students. The hatchery is a host site for the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, which takes place in mid-November. Many displays, explaining salmon and wildlife, are available during this event.

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
coho adults November
chum adults November

Fish Production

Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database

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