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Kokanee Salmon Runs | British Columbia, Canada

Outdoor Adventures, Wildlife Viewing Area
Spawning kokanee salmon – David Thomas

Best Times of the Day for Viewing

Morning and afternoon

Driving Directions

From the east, turn off Highway #3, 3 km west of the Highway #3/93 junction at Elko. The Kikomun Creek Provincial Park entrance is 8 km (5 mi) to the west.

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is 19 km (12 mi) east of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Overview of this Wildlife Watching Landscape

Witness late summer bounty when grizzly bears, ospreys and eagles congregate at Kootenay River tributaries. Kikomun and Wild Horse Creeks set a feast for all when waters run red with spawning Kokanee Salmon.

Places and Pointers for Viewing

Kikomun Creek Provincial Park plays host to thousands of returning kokanee in the fall therefore a great place to view the landlocked sockeye salmon. Kokanee Creek is another prime location.

Type of Wildlife Often Seen

Sockeye salmon, also called red salmon , is a species of salmon found in the Pacific Ocean. The same species when it occurs in landlocked bodies of water is called the kokanee. Its current range is as far south as the Columbia River in the eastern Pacific. Though the kokanee never knows the sea, the instincts of their ancestors are preserved; they return to their creek of birth to spawn. They undergo an amazing transformation, its colour changes to bright red, while waiting at the creek's mouth before venturing upstream.


Best Seasons and Months for Viewing

August to October - spawning stage