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The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

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I have never been to a fish hatchery before. It was informative and provided good information about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hackettstown, New Jersey
Solomon gulch fish hatchery

This was the best Free entertainment we saw on our 57 day driving trip to Alaska! There were so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Valdez, Alaska
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VFDA built the Solomon Gulch Hatchery (SGH) in 1981, and released its first pink salmon fry in 1982. It has operated consistently since then. The water for the hatchery is provided by the Solomon Gulch Hydroelectric Plant, owned by the Copper Valley...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1455 Dayville Road, Valdez, AK 99686
+1 907-835-1329
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It give a good view on how the salmon run works. It is impressive to see all the salmon coming from the ocean. The salmon ladder shows very good how the salmon work their way up. They show on TV-screens the working of the hatchery.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never been to a fish hatchery before. It was informative and provided good information about salmon I never knew.

Thank HaHaHoHoHeHeHaHa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the best Free entertainment we saw on our 57 day driving trip to Alaska! There were so many fish trying to return up the river you could almost walk across the water on their backs. We also saw 5 Big Stellar Sea Lions...More

1  Thank Dougva2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this hatchery in mid-August, which is prime time for viewing the salmon. We weren’t disappointed, though no other wildlife such as bears showed up during our visit. The spot is known to have bears visit for the salmon food.

1  Thank RockiesResident
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We went when the salmon were coming home to spawn. Absolutely a must see. Even had a few black bears near by having a feast. Sea lions were swimming around. Very cool

1  Thank Tim D
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

The pink salmon were running when we visited. So interesting to learn about their life cycle. Visited at both low tide and high tide. Did not see any bears but did see sea lions at high tide way out in the water enjoying a salmon...More

Thank Janice F
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We visited on a Sunday so egg harvesting was not in progress, which is what I wanted to see. There were thousands of salmon attempting to proceed upstream at a barrier designed to divert them into the hatchery via a fish ladder. Sea Lions came...More

1  Thank ricechex
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This was disappointing. There were no personnel around. No one to ask any questions. No fish in the hatchery to be seen. By the parking lot we did see harbor seals, sea lions, and sea otters feasting on salmon. Across the road are the beautiful...More

Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Good place to see thousands of fish maybe bears and sea lions no tours that I am aware of, understand there is a nice hike up to the lake in good weather lots of parking.

Thank AlaskanArctic
Reviewed 6 August 2018

If your visiting Alaska and want to understand and see first hand the life cycle of the salmon, this is a must see. We live in Alaska and still enjoy visiting Solomon Gulch Hatchery

Thank Tim K
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9 August 2016|
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Response from Joshua B | Property representative |
A visitor can spot salmon returning to the hatchery from mid July until September. With so many salmon returning to one spot, VFDA-Solmon Gulch Hatchery hosts a multitude of wildlife to our facility all capitalizing on the... More
8 August 2016|
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Response from RobEnJolanda | Reviewed this property |
Well, we saw them end of July, so my guess is all the fish will be dead and gone by then. The bears may be in the area, but probably not at the hatchery. Maybe you can e-mail the hatchery directly.
14 July 2016|
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Response from Joshua B | Property representative |
The hatchery is open all year round and the public access walking tour should be available for you to visit in September and October. The only things that shut down the walking path are bears on our property and snow (as we... More