About the Clearwater Trout Hatchery
The Clearwater Trout Hatchery was originally built in 1983 for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to rear salmon for release in the North Thompson drainage. In 1997 the Province of British Columbia purchased the facility and refitted it for trout and kokanee production. In 2003 the Clearwater Trout Hatchery became one of Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC's (FFSBC) five hatcheries as the responsibility of the provincial trout stocking program was transferred to the Society.
The hatchery stocks fish into approximately 330 lakes annually in all regions of BC except Vancouver Island. Most fish stocking occurs in the Interior and the Northern lakes in BC. Over three million fish are released each year including several strains of rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee. The Clearwater Trout Hatchery is the only FFSBC hatchery that stocks kokanee salmon in British Columbia.
Visitors are welcome to view the hatchery via a self-guided tour that includes a picture kiosk, computer kiosk, and access to a number of rearing containers that have live fish in them. Hatchery staff will be available to answer any questions during the self-guided tour.