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Tour the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery

See amazing wildlife!

Solomon Gulch Hatchery presents a unique opportunity to observe salmon as they return to spawn. The hatchery is located across the bay on Dayville Road en route to Allison Point. Completed in February 1983 to ensure sufficient numbers of salmon return each year, the facility is licensed to incubate, rear and release 270 million pink salmon, and 2 million Coho salmon. This production capacity provides for an impressive release of 240 million pink salmon fry and 1.8 million Coho salmon smolts each year.

Bears, eagles, seagulls, sea lions and sea otters can be found feeding on the fish. Fishing is prohibited within 300 feet of the weir and fish ladder and in the brood pond area. Please respect all wildlife, especially maintaining a safe distance from any bears in the area.

The best time to view salmon at the hatchery is July through October. Self guided tours are available from 7AM to 7PM, June through October. View the fish ladder and learn the history and economic benefits of the hatchery through interpretive display panels and interactive videos.

 

 


Wildlife Viewing at the Hatchery


"Happiness at the Hatchery"

Photo by Gary Minish


Wildlife Viewing at the Hatchery


"Violence at the Hatchery"

Photo by Gary Minish


Wildlife Viewing at the Hatchery


People & Bears

WARNING: Bears frequent the hatchery area. Please give bears ample space. Photo by Bob Benda


Wildlife Viewing at the Hatchery


Touring the Hatchery

Photo by Selah Bauer

Solomon Gulch Hatchery (VFDA)

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