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.
Proclaimed B.C. Rivers: