Adams River

The Adams River supports British Columbia's largest run of Sockeye Salmon, and every October attracts thousands of visitors, providing an unparalleled public education opportunity. The river is divided into two distinct units the Upper Adams and Lower Adams. Between them is Adams Lake, a long body of water caught between steep-sided mountains of the Monashee Range north of Sushwap Lake. The lower section of the river produces most of the salmon. It is clear, gravel-bottomed, and lined with groves of black cottonwoods, trembling aspen, white birch, spruce, fir, pine and larch. It has been designated as a provincial park for its extremely high significance to salmon protection in the province.

The Upper Adams River above Adams Lake has historically supported enormous runs of Sockeye, but river controls and resource activities in the area decimated populations earlier in this century. Forestry is still the dominant land use in the area. Land-use planning has resulted in a 5,000 ha. park being established along the Upper Adams River. This initiative recognizes the potential for the Upper Adams River to someday produce even more sockeye than the Lower Adams presently does. Thus, the Upper Adams represents the best salmon enhancement opportunity in the Fraser Basin.

First Nations also have a long-standing interest in the area and in its resource utilization and conservation.

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