Opportunities abound to see migrating salmon

September 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011

Summer is on the wane and autumn starts Friday, so the time is right for salmon to complete a final journey from the Pacific Ocean to Issaquah Creek and other King County streams.

Though the salmon return so far is generally smaller than the pre-spawning season forecast, opportunities abound to see migrating salmon in the Lake Washington, Cedar River and Lake Sammamish watershed as chinook, sockeye, coho and chum complete a long sojourn.

King County calls the event Salmon SEEson.

Salmon can soon be spotted at parks, along trails and at events sponsored throughout the Puget Sound region. In many cases, naturalists can help visitors spot the fish and learn about the salmon life cycle.

• In Issaquah, the iconic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery along Issaquah Creek offers a prime viewing opportunity. The hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, includes Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery volunteers on site every Saturday through Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 392-8025.

• Spot salmon through October from the Sammamish River Trail in Redmond. Call 556-2845 or email bsullivan@redmond.gov. Or, look for salmon in Bear Creek behind Classic Nursery, 12526 Avondale Road N.E., Redmond, on a self-guided tour. Call 882-1846 or email lyhussey@comcast.net.

• In Bellevue, the Mercer Slough fish ladder on Kelsey Creek offers daily opportunities for salmon viewing through October. Call 452-5200 or email streamteam@bellevuewa.gov before heading to the fish ladder.

• Friends of the Cedar River Watershed host viewing opportunities along the Cedar River near Renton on Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Call 206-245-0143 or go to www.cedarriver.org.

• Piper’s Creek in Seattle’s Carkeek Park is a salmon-viewing spot on weekends from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Nov. 25 includes special activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 206-684-5999 or go to www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/carkeek.htm.

• From early November through late January, head out on a self-guided tour along Issaquah’s Ebright Creek at the East Lake Sammamish Trail or Lewis Creek at 185th Place Southeast to see Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon. Call 206-263-3661 beforehand to make sure fish can be seen.

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