The Adams River flows 11 kilometres from Adams Lake to Shuswap Lake, through the Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park in the Interior of BC.
From 1976 to 1986 The Nature Trust of BC acquired 46.9 hectares (116 acres) of land along the river. This was the catalyst to create the Roderick Haig-Brown Park. The Nature Trust properties are under long-term lease to the BC Ministry of Environment.
The Adams River is internationally known for its fall sockeye run, a vital part of the sockeye salmon’s life cycle. Around October, these fish return to the spawning grounds of their birth in order to produce a new generation of salmon before they die.
The salmon run is vital to the ecosystem as the salmon carcasses are an important and nutrient-rich food source for grizzly bears, bald eagles and many other animals. The soil and plants also benefit from the nutrients contained in the carcasses. In addition to playing a key role in the ecosystem, sockeye salmon on their way back to their spawning grounds provide important aboriginal, recreational and commercial fisheries.
This year, 2014, is a dominant run, meaning that there will be millions of salmon returning to spawn. Dominant runs only happen every four years. To celebrate, the Adams River Salmon Society is coordinating the celebration known as the “Salute to the Sockeye” from Friday, October 3rd to Sunday October, 26th.
Who Was Roderick Haig-Brown?
Roderick Haig-Brown (1908-1976) was a writer, magistrate, avid fly fisherman and one of British Columbia’s most distinguished conservationists. He served as a member of the International Pacific Salmon Commission and on the boards of many conservation organizations, including The Nature Trust of BC.
For 40 years he made his living as a writer. His books include conservation, fly fishing, novels, essays and scientific surveys. A River Never Sleeps and The Western Angler are two of his most celebrated works.
He worked throughout his life to protect wild fish stocks and the rivers they inhabit. His leadership, voice and achievements continue to inspire us.
He died in 1976 and the Adams River Recreation Area was renamed in 1978 to honour Roderick Haig-Brown.
How You Can Help
Please consider a donation to The Nature Trust of BC to help with our conservation projects across the province, including along the Adams River.