Help Release Juvenile Sturgeon, April 18 & 19

This is your chance to help an endangered species!

White sturgeon can live for over 100 years and grow to the length of a canoe, but the local population of white sturgeon is not reproducing naturally in the wild and is endangered in both Canada and the United States. Hatcheries have been raising juvenile sturgeon over the last 10 months and they are now ready to be released with your help.

Castlegar - April 18

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, on behalf of the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI), is organizing a juvenile sturgeon release event at the Hugh Keenleyside Dam. With the public’s help, approximately 1,500 juvenile sturgeon will be released into the lower Columbia River. An additional 2,500 will be released through additional UCWSRI programs along the river.

  • Date: Monday, April 18
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm
  • Place: Hugh Keenleyside Dam


The release site is directly below Hugh Keenleyside Dam, on the Castlegar-side of the Columbia River. Vehicle access across the dam is limited to certain times and is not open during the public sturgeon release.

From Castlegar: Follow Columbia Avenue all the way though town and turn left to access Arrow Lakes Drive. Follow Arrow Lakes Drive for approximately 5-6km until you reach Hugh Keenleyside Dam and follow signs for parking.

From Nelson: Follow Hwy 3a towards Castlegar. Just after the Brilliant Dam, turn right on the Broadwater Road and stay on this road (do not turn right again towards Robson.) After the bridge the Broadwater Road changes into Arrow Lakes Drive. Travel for about 5-6 km along Arrow Lakes Drive until you reach Hugh Keenleyside Dam, and follow signs for parking.

Creston - April 19

The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, in partnership with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, invites you to release a juvenile sturgeon into the Kootenay River. With the public’s help, approximately 400 juvenile sturgeon will be released into the Kootenay River. An additional 800 will be released through other programs in the area.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 19
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm
  • Place: Kootenay River near Creston


The release site will be held at the old Ferry Landing at the end of Kootenay River Road just outside Creston.