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 into the North Thompson drainage. In 1997 the Province of British Columbia purchased the facility and refitted it for trout and kokanee production. In 2003, responsibility of the provincial trout stocking program was transferred to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, which now manages and operates the Clearwater Trout Hatchery. The hatchery releases over three million fish into approximately 330 lakes annually throughout the province (except Vancouver Island), although most releases occur in Interior and Northern lakes.
The facility releases several strains of rainbow trout and brook char. The Clearwater and Kootenay Trout Hatcheries are the only two facilities that stock kokanee salmon in B.C.
Visitors are welcome to view the facility via a self-guided tour that includes a picture kiosk and access to rearing containers containing juvenile fish. If hatchery staff are available, they will happily answer your questions.