About the Summerland Trout Hatchery
The Summerland Trout Hatchery is the oldest continuously running trout hatchery in BC. The facility was established in 1928, but fish rearing at the hatchery dates back to 1918. This hatchery is the only trout hatchery that relies on spring water as all others in the province use groundwater by way of pumps.
The hatchery stocks fish into approximately 260 lakes annually into the south central regions of B.C. (Thompson-Nicola, Okanagan and West Kootenay). The Summerland Trout Hatchery also rears fish that are then transferred to the Clearwater Trout Hatchery to be stocked in the Cariboo and Northen B.C. Lakes. A second off-site hatchery located in Skaha provides additional rearing capacity for catchable rainbow trout.
Our Visitor Centre provides tours that include viewing live fish in and outdoors, videos, a colouring station for kids, and learning where to fish around the area. Our hatchery is full of information on fish, where and how to angle, and conservation. Fun and interactive for all ages the hatchery is a great place to visit. For more information visit the Summerland Trout Hatchery Visitor Centre page.