Another facility that the Kilby Park offers is the boat launch. Our location is truly a fisherman’s paradise on the Harrison River with easy access to the Fraser River and Harrison Lake.
All boats are charged $10.00 per launch. Place the completed payment (cash only) in the envelope provided and deposit in the collection box located at the kiosk, at the entrance to the campground. The Fraser Heritage Society does not to allow Personal Water Crafts to launch at the Kilby Park as part of their responsibilities as operators of the Kilby Historic Site and Kilby Park.
The rivers and lakes in the Fraser Valley feature spectacular steelhead, salmon, sturgeon and trout fishing year round. The salmon returns on the Fraser and Harrison Rivers have never been better, and the park is located only 50km from salt water, meaning the fish are fresh and full of life. Coho salmon start entering the Fraser and Harrison Rivers in early September and return right through December. Although they average 8lbs they can obtain weights of up to 18lbs and provide a good challenge on light spinning tackle or fly gear, depending on your preferred method. Sockeye salmon opportunities also exist in freshwater. This great eating fish is available to anglers in “in-river” fisheries involving fly rod and regular gear.
Rainbow trout are considered the most popular of the freshwater fish. While trout as large as 35 pounds have been taken from B.C. lakes by sport fishers, they can grow larger. Many exciting fishing experiences centre on a battle with a steelhead, a feisty, sea-run rainbow trout. The average size of steelhead is between 6 to 22 pounds.
The Sturgeon population is growing rapidly, largely due to the positive effects of a catch and release program, which Fisheries imposed in 1994. Sturgeon can live up to 200 years, and can reach lengths of over 14 feet making them one of the most unique sport fish left in the world today. These fresh water fish are a fantastic challenge for trophy-seeking anglers often jumping several times and taking long runs before tiring for a quick photo session, and healthy release.
British Columbia is home to a rich diversity and abundance of native species and habitats. Programs within the Ministry of Environment endeavour to conserve biodiversity, provide a variety of opportunities for the use and enjoyment of wildlife in B.C., and maintain a balance between the needs of wildlife and the needs of the people.
Wildlife information visit BC Ministry of Environment