Something’s Fishy: Where to see salmon

If there is one animal that represents the northwest best, it is probably the salmon. Or maybe a Husky (but not a Cougar- kidding!). Well, it is back to school season for everyone, including the fish. Here on the Eastside, we have some great places to see those cohos, sockeyes, and Chinooks returning home to spawn, and it is pretty amazing. There are often fish right at the surface of streams, fighting their way up current.

The annual Salmon SEEson is part of the local salmon conservation and restoration efforts, and volunteers visit many different areas to share information about the fish and their life cycle. To learn more about Salmon SEEson, visit their website, here.

If you would like to see the salmon in person (in fish?), here are viewing locations suggested by Salmon SEEson:

Redmond: Sammamish River Trail south of the 85th Street Bridge

Trail behind Classic Nursery, 12526 Avondale Rd NE in Redmond.

Issaquah/Sammamish: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way in Issaquah. (Trained guides from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) will be available every Saturday, September 17 to November 5, from 11 a.m – 1 p.m.)

Ebright Creek at the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, and Lewis Creek at 185th Place SE in Issaquah.


Bellevue: Mercer Slough fish ladder south of SE 8th in Bellevue, and the Kelsey Creek Farm Park.

Renton: Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Riverview Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park and Dam. Volunteer naturalists will be available October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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