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. 2017 is a pre-dominant year.  During 2017, The Adam’s River Salmon Society will we hosting Interpretive Walks on Wednesday from July to mid October.  The Society will be hosting a smaller event during the Thanksgiving weekend at Roderick Haig-Brown Park. Please see web page for more details www.salmonsociety.com.

Interpretive Cabin Hours:

  • September 29 - October 1, from 10am - 3pm
  • October 6-9, from 10am - 3pm
  • October 14-15, from 10am - 3pm

We are hosting some interpretive walks (by donation) on the following dates:

  • September 27, 11am-2:30pm
  • October 4, 11am-2:30pm
  • October 6-9, 11am-2:30pm
  • October 11, 11am-2:30pm

Next years events for the Salute to the Sockeye will begin on Friday September 28, 2018 and will run through till Sunday October 21, 2018 with the Opening Ceremony taking place Sunday September 30, 2018. Rates are $5 per car. For more information regarding the 2018 events please check www.salmonsociety.com

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. 

For more information visit the Adams River Salmon Society website or join them on Facebook.

About Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park

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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