Adams River Salmon Run
Struggling against insurmountable odds, 1 out of every four thousand eggs laid in the Adams River lives to return to the Adams River as a spawning adult. Experience the majesty, beauty and tragically poignant life of the Pacific Sockeye Salmon and attend the Salute to the Sockeye celebration at Roderick Haig Brown Park. The last Salute to the Sockeye Festival was from October 3-26, 2014 in British Columbia's Scenic Shuswap Region. 2015 is a sub-dominant year so please check the Adams Rivers Salmon Society and Shuswap Tourism websites for information on events happening in 2015.
When you are planning your trip to see the Adams River Sockeye Salmon spawn keep in mind the following patterns:
Dominant years (2018, 2022) you may see millions of sockeye return to spawn in October. The Society hosts the Salute to the Sockeye celebration the first 3 weeks of October every four years.
Sub-dominant years (2015) you may see 100,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October.
Post-subdominant years (2016) you may see 100’s of sockeye return to spawn in October (smallest returns).
Pre-dominant years (2017) you may see 10,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October, generally the first three weeks.
A few Pink salmon spawn in the Adams River in September on odd years only; Chinook salmon spawn here in Sept/October; Sockeye salmon spawn in the Adams River in the first few weeks of October, followed by Coho salmon in late October and early November:
Find us at Roderick Haig-Brown Park (2300 Squilax-Anglemont Rd, Lee Creek, BC), in the Log Cabin Interpretive Centre (May throughout October)
The Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is open year-round.
This is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year, but particularly in early October during the run of the Adams River sockeye salmon. Every 4th year is a “dominant” run, with millions of fish to be seen (2018 will be dominant runs). The Adams River Salmon Society coordinate the celebration known as the “Salute to the Sockeye” during the dominant years. The following years are “sub-dominant” runs of sockeye, which often have substantial returns of sockeye and offer excellent viewing opportunities. During the last three weeks of October in years where there isn’t a “dominant” or “sub-dominant” return, a small number of salmon begin their spawning cycle. The best place to view spawning salmon will be in the channel next to the parking lot.
BC Parks Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park - brochure
Park location information and trail maps
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