A popular whitewater rafting and canoeing river, the Adams is very dangerous. Wear life-jackets at all times and exercise extreme caution as there are numerous log-jams and sweepers that are not always visible in advance. Navigation below the bridge is not recommended. Inner tubes and air mattresses are not recommended for travel on the Adams River. Several people have been killed while using these devices.
Poison ivy grows along dry, exposed sloped in this area: do not touch! The plant can be identified by glossy green leaves in groups of 3, with white berries close to the stem. The leaves turn scarlet in autumn and then fall off. Poison ivy is harmful at all times of the year.
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
Telephone: (250) 955-0861
Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park
- Sept. 19, 2014:
The main parking area and plaza day-use will re-open Saturday, September 20th, 2014, with periodic closures due to final viewing platform construction. Please respect and obey all temporary closure signs, and keep out of active construction zones.
- Sept 5, 2014
Day-use parking is now open for public access. Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is still undergoing construction, access to trails is limited. Please obey all signs as posted.
- Aug 22, 2014
Park facility improvements are on schedule and will be completed by October 2014.
- Special Event - Area Closures, October 3rd to October 26th
For visitor safety, the Raft Pullout parking area will be closed to vehicle use during the Salute to the Sockeye Festival. The Wade Road hiking trails will remain open for public use. Due to environmental and public safety concerns, roadside vehicle parking is not permitted in the park during the festival.
- July 29, 2014
Due to shallow swift flowing cold water and hidden undersurface hazards, swimming, diving and cliff jumping is highly discouraged on the Adams River or near the Adams River Gorge.
- July 28, 2014 - Area Closures
In response to park and visitor needs and in preparation for the 2014 Salute to the Sockeye Festival, BC Parks is undertaking facility improvements. The day-use area, large parking lot and all lower hiking trails below the Squilax-Anglemont Road bridge are closed until further notice to maintain public safety. Please remain out of these designated closure areas and maintain a safe distance from all heavy equipment and active work sites.
- June 26, 2013 - Upper Flume Trail Closed
Due to deteriorated bridge conditions and the risk to public safety, the Upper Flume Trail is closed. These trails are accessed via Holding Road to Adams Lake just north of the Loakin-Bear Creek Road. Trail is expected to reopen in the summer of 2015.
About This Park
Every fourth year is a “dominant” salmon run, with millions of fish to be seen (2014 and 2018 will be dominant runs). The Adams River Salmon Society coordinate the celebration known as the “Salute to the Sockeye” during the dominant years. The following years are “sub-dominant” runs of sockeye: 2015, 2019. These years often have substantial returns of sockeye and offer excellent viewing opportunities. During the last three weeks of October in years where there isn’t a “dominant” or “sub-dominant” return, a small number of salmon begin their spawning cycle. The best place to view spawning salmon will be on the new viewing platform approximatley 300m west of the the parking lot.
Note that this park does not offer any camping facilities. The 26 km trail system is used for for hiking and mountain biking in summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
Huihill Creek was recently added to Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan and is now officially a portion of Roderick Haig-Brown Park.
Special Features: The Adams River squeezes through a narrow canyon portion of the valley to create spectacular rapids that are enthusiastically used by rafters and kayakers. This park has a beautiful waterfall on Bear Creek that is viewable from the Flume Trail System.
Park Size: 1076 hectares on 11 km of river
- KEEP ALL DOGS OUT OF THE WATER! Ensure that nothing harasses the fish--they are extremely sensitive to any kind of disturbance, and dogs are perceived as a particular threat.
- During the Salute to the Sockeye festival, there is treated drinking water provided on site. The water from the river is not drinkable.
- The trails in the lower portion of the park are near the river and subject to flooding each spring. As a result, trail maps may be inaccurate and caution should be taken along the river banks.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Scotch Creek, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Chase are the closest communities to this park.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was established in 1977 to conserve and protect the spawning beds used by various species of salmon. It was named after the conservationist and magistrate, Roderick Haig-Brown (1908 - 1976), for his dedication to conservationism in the province. Pictographs on the canyon walls indicate the presence of people long before the Europeans. An historic flume for floating logs to the Adams River from Skmana Lake dates back to the early part of this century. Some of the original timbers that supported the flume are still in place. Adams Lake Lumber (Interfor) employees re-constructed a portion of flume to the original design. It can be viewed above the first bridge in the Huihill trail system. (currently closed, see note above)
Between 1976 and 1986, 46.9 hectares (116 acres) of land along the Adams River was acquired and protected by
The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a leading land conservation organization. These properties are still under long-term lease to the BC Ministry of Environment. The Adams River Recreation Area was renamed in 1978, to honor Roderick Haig-Brown, the great British Columbian conservationist, author, fly-fisher, and magistrate
- Cultural Heritage: Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park encompasses a river-eroded landscape with a variety of cultural heritage sites. Archaeological studies of the area have uncovered evidence of large settlements. Home to the Shuswap people, kekulis (pit houses), artifacts and pictographs can be seen in the area and are strictly protected.
- Conservation: The park encompasses the spawning beds of the sockeye, chinook, coho and pink salmon. The wooded area surrounding the river contains a natural assortment of trees including the Douglas-fir, cottonwood, birch, alder, ponderosa pine, hemlock and cedar. The park is also home to numerous forms of birds and mammals including whitetail and mule deer, black bears, beaver, river otter, mink, bald eagles and osprey.
Visitors in October, 2010 and every fourth year following will marvel at the spectacle of two million sockeye salmon spawning in the Adams River. For more information, visit the Adams River Salmon Society. The year after each large run is also worth a visit as over 300,000 fish return.
- Wildlife: Wildlife is abundant in this riverside area, and includes whitetail and mule deer, black bear, beaver, river otter, and mink. During the salmon run, eagles are often seen.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park Management Plan [PDF 738.76KB] is available online in pdf format.