Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery presents a unique opportunity to observe salmon as they return to spawn. The Hatchery is located across the port on Dayville Road en route to Allison Point and was established to ensure sufficient numbers of salmon return and reproduce each year. Completed in 1983, the facility is licensed to incubate and rear to release size, 230 million pink, 2 million coho. With a concerted effort with Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game and the City of Valdez, the Solomon Gulch Hatchery annually imprints and releases 105,000 King smolts from the ADF&G Fort Rich Hatchery.
Coho (silvers) and pinks fight the odds against predators and the elements to swim up a series of ladders where they spawn. The VFDA (Valdez Fisheries Development Association) goals are to produce an annual return of 10 million pink, 100,000 coho and 10,000 king salmon. The best time to view salmon at the hatchery ranges from July through September.
Bears, eagles, sea gulls and sea otters can be found feeding on the fish. Fishing is prohibited within 300 feet of the premises and please respect all wildlife, especially maintaining a safe distance from any bears in the area. Take the self guided walking tour along the fish ladder and view how the Hatchery spawns the fish. During mid July and early September, visitors have a chance to view the commercial fishing boats haul in their nets from the shores of Port Valdez. The self guided walkway is open daily, 8am to 7pm, from May to October.
U.S. Forest Service Crooked Creek Information Site
Stop by the information site located across from the Duck Flats on the way into Valdez. The site is staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day and features spawning chum and pink salmon. The first salmon generally appear in the stream by mid-July and are present through October.