Chehalis River Salmon and Trout Hatchery

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.

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Harrison River Salmon Stronghold

The Harrison River Salmon Stronghold Charter was signed on November 19, 2013 at Pretty Estates Resort.

In 2010, it was identified as one of the healthiest and most productive salmon ecosystems in the Pacific Basin and declared a Pacific Salmon Stronghold. Several groups collaborated to have a charter signed in 2013 including the Sts’Ailes who have their ancestral home a mile north along Morris Valley Road from the Harrison Mills’ eagle viewing areas. Known as ‘The Salmon People’, they were key initiators along with several other representatives.

The Harrison River Salmon Stronghold, Canada’s first Salmon Stronghold, is a new designation by international conservation organizations to acknowledge that this river system is one of Canada’s most important salmon rivers – and, ecologically, the foundation for supporting the world’s largest gathering of eagles and a major host to waterfowl and sturgeon.

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Sturgeon

The short journey from Harrison Lake to Harrison Mills travels past the Morris Slough Spawning Channels, which marks the place where hundreds of thousands of salmon return to spawn in the Harrison’s rich ecosystem each summer and fall.

Just below Morris Slough, one of the most productive stretches of water in the Fraser Valley, is home to the mighty sturgeon—massive prehistoric creatures that still haunt the river bottoms as they follow the summer and fall salmon migrations. Large sturgeons are common sights as they breach like Orcas. This area is a popular spot for local guides and anglers.

Just past the sturgeon grounds, a series of pillars, which were placed in the river in the late 1930s, act as a natural river dredge, directing the flow of the river into the main channel. This area is known to locals as the Harrison Rapids. This region is a favorite feeding ground for wintering bald eagles—during salmon-spawning season, as they regularly swoop overhead and land on the shoreline to feed on the millions of salmon.