About the Kootenay Trout Hatchery
The Kootenay Trout Hatchery went into production in 1965 and is responsible for stocking 130 to 150 lakes in the east and west Kootenay regions, as well as some lakes in the Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan regions. The hatchery provides fish to the Clearwater Trout Hatchery and Prince George holding facility for central and northern stockings in the province.
Most recently the hatchery has become a key component in white sturgeon recovery initiatives for both the trans-boundary Kootenay River population (in 1998) and the upper Columbia River population (in 2001). The Kootenay hatchery was expanded for the two sturgeon initiatives and currently has facilities to accommodate adult holding, spawning, and juvenile rearing. To learn more about the Kootenay and Columbia sturgeon programs, visit our White Sturgeon Conservation page.
The Visitor Centre has an extensive interpretative area which includes aquariums, educational models, and displays. Guided Tours are available from May through August. A variety of educational programs are available for schools and other groups by donation.
Our children's fishing pond and nature trail is also available for kids to try their luck at fishing. Depending on the availability of tour guides, fishing equipment may be available for loan by donation. We encourage you to bring your own equipment with your kids. This is a catch and release pond using single barbless hooks. Bait or worms are acceptable. For more information on the Kootenay Trout Hatchery Visitor Centre and its programs please click here.