King County “Salmon SEEson” offers salmon viewing through October at several ongoing locations, including four with naturalists Saturdays-Sundays in four locations along the Cedar River; you can also visit Issaquah Salmon Days, Oct. 3-4.
October is “Salmon SEEson” in King County to see and learn about native salmon as they return from the ocean to spawn in the streams and rivers where they were born.
Low snowpack, a dry spring and our exceptionally hot summer make this a tough year for salmon since they need cool, clear water for their migration, so fewer fish are expected in some areas this year.
Along with seeing salmon and learning about their epic journey to spawn, Salmon SEEson provides information on how all of us can help salmon thrive by conserving water, avoiding pesticides, planting trees and other practices for healthy habitats.
King County ‘Salmon SEEson’
Cedar River Salmon Journey
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Oct. 3-25.
Locations: Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave. S., Renton; Cedar River Park, 1717 S.E. Maple Valley Highway, Renton; Cavanaugh Pond, 17410 S.E. Maple Valley Road, Renton; Landsburg Park and Dam, Southeast 252nd Place and Landsburg Road Southeast, Ravensdale
More info: 206-792-5851.
Issaquah Salmon Days
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4; carnival 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Location: Memorial Field and other downtown Issaquah locations; parking and shuttles 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday from Issaquah Transit Center, Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and Costco corporate-parking lot, $3 paid on return trip, cash only, ages 9 and younger free.
Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday, Front Street from Dogwood Street, then on Gilman Boulevard to 12th Avenue, Issaquah.
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4; regular hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Location: 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah.
More info: 425-392-1118 or issaquahfish.org/.
King County provides information on drop-in salmon-viewing locations including Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Longfellow Creek in Seattle, Bear Creek in Woodinville, North Creek in Bothell and at three sites in the Green-Duwamish River Watershed.
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Volunteer naturalists with displays and information for all ages are at four locations along the Cedar River on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25, Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park.
Issaquah celebrates returning salmon at Issaquah Salmon Days festival with entertainment on four stages, Field of Fun kids’ activities, Foods of the World vendors and a carnival in downtown Issaquah Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4.
See the festival’s guests of honor up close as they jump through the glassed-in fish ladder at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, with holding ponds, exhibits and displays about salmon and native-plant garden and wetland.
As the center of festival events Saturday and Sunday, the hatchery celebrates with special events including several guided tours; the hatchery is also open daily, with regular guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 15.
Some streets in downtown Issaquah will be closed for Salmon Days, and street and pay-lot parking is limited. Free parking and $3 round-trip shuttle service are available Saturday and Sunday from Issaquah Transit Center, Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and Costco corporate-parking lot.