About the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery
A Non-Profit Corporation Established by the Kiwanis Club of Smith River
IT WAS ONLY A DREAM
In 1968 the 15-member Kiwanis Club of Smith River decided to sponsor the construction and operation of a fish hatchery to increase and perpetuate the native runs of Steelhead and Chinook salmon in the Smith River. This was not an easy task, as no one individual or group had ever tried this type of undertaking. Therefore, there were absolutely no guidelines to follow.
FAMOUS FISHING STREAM
The Smith River, long noted for it's huge Steelhead (up to 25 lbs.) and Chinook salmon (up to 65 lbs.) is the third largest stream in California, A major route for migrating adult fish to reach their spawning grounds
1964 FLOODS DISASTROUS
The tremendous floods in 1964 eradicated much of the spawning population and decimated native spawning grounds. This disaster also led to a rapid decline in the fish runs, hence the need for a hatchery to restock the Smith River and it's tributaries, became necessary.
OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR
Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is in operation 365 days each year. Numerous school children visit the hatchery and several of the local schools have developed classroom incubation programs. This technology allows each student a hands-on opportunity to experience the wonder of nature. You will find fish at the hatchery during the entire year, during the spawning season the activity is greatly increased. .