Parks & Open Spaces

Fish Hatchery

Canada / Americas

Fish Hatchery operated here between 1913-1956. Since 1915, nearly 40 million non-native fish and eggs were released in Banff National Park’s watersheds by Park managers who were keen to improve angling opportunities for visitors. Their goal was to introduce and maintain game fish (e.g. brook trout and rainbow trout) in mountain lakes that had no native species of trout. Stocking lakes in Banff National Park was stopped in 1988 however in an effort to return some lakes and aquatic ecosystems to a natural state. In some places, such as Devon Lakes, non-native brook trout have been removed which has helped the native cutthroat trout to return. Knepp Timothy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service –cutthroat-fish-oncorhynchus-clarkii-clarkii.jpg

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