As the river runs The Adams river salmon run 2018

The Adams River Is Running Wild

When you live with one of natures most amazing specticals practically in your backyard you'd better take a road trip to see it. The Adams River teems with a higher than usual count of spawning Pacific Sockeye Salmon every 4th year, called a dominant run and it all takes place at TsĂștswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown) near Chase, BC.

Millions of fish fight their way up the river to spawn then die, the count peaking in the last three weeks of October making this the largest sockeye salmon run in North America. Our timing was perfect with the run larger this time than the week before.

It's a remarkable feeling to be able to stand and watch the river flash red with spawning salmon driven by instinct to get as far as they can, through the rushing water.

The banks of the river swell with humanity at this time of year. Workers directing traffic towards parking spots using salmon silhouette cutouts, food trucks, and picnic lunches, signage is plentiful, and clear...all you have to do to find the fish is follow the kids, and the tourists.

The well maintained paths, and quiet forest echoed with the excited laughter, and voices of children experiencing nature firsthand. There were little kids lined up in formation, teachers explaining the rules "do not fall in the water," and tourists speaking in multiple languages exciting posing for selfies.

Autumn's having a party and the salmon are invited

Even the scenery was in on the celebration, breathtakingly gorgeous lakes with still waters on the drive up reflecting Autumn's colors, and masses of golden just about to drop leaves lined the roads up to the park. There is a feeling of underlying excitement when you first leave the vehicle, and it continues to build until you see your first fish.

The Adams River Salmon Run is a trip that you will hold in your memory forever, it's a special place with a remarkable history, and well worth the time spent to get there.

Jen @ Rural


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