Adams River Salmon Run, Chase

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The Adams River is a tributary to the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in British Columbia, Canada. Beginning in the Monashee Mountains to the north, the Upper Adams River flows mainly southward and eventually reaches Adams Lake. The Lower Adams River begins at the southern end of the lake and flows into the extreme western end of Shuswap Lake. The river is one of the most important sockeye salmon breeding areas in North America. The run occurs in mid-October and can bring millions of fish to a concentrated area near the river mouth. Excavations of Secwepemc villages on the river have shown a long tradition of habitation and salmon fishing in the area. The river also served as an important transportation route for early logging operations in the watershed.CourseThe headwaters of the Adams are several unnamed glaciers at roughly 2000m elevation in the north-east region of the Monashee Range of the Columbia Mountains. The upper portion of the river flows roughly south and southwest through wetlands and passes through two small lakes, Tumtum and Mica. It has sections of rapids and whitewater, and flows over cataracts below Tumtum Lake. Its flow drops by 5m per kilometre in certain sections. After travelling for 94km and entering the Shuswap Highland, it enters the northern end of Adams Lake. Adams Lake is roughly 72km along its north-south axis, and reaches a maximum depth of 457m, making it the 24th deepest lake in the world. The Lower Adams issues from the extreme southern end of the lake and travels 11km through a narrow valley. It empties into Shuswap Lake near the community of Squilax. From Adams Lake to the Shuswap, the Lower Adams drops 60m in elevation.
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  • We love taking our family to the salmon run every year. The volunteers that are there are amazing and knowledgeable also awesome bike trails  more »
  • If you have never seen the salmon spawn then come to Adams River, B.C. You will be amazed to watch these salmon in their last minutes of life give it their all. Amazing!  more »
  • As in past years, we enjoyed our visit to the River Salmon Run. Unfortunately we visited on (Oct. 16th) and found that the run was almost over. Early Sept. would have been much better That said, we th...  more »
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