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Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

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Address: 125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
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+1 425-392-1118
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00

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See the Salmon!

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery attracts more visitors than any other of Washington's many hatcheries. Interactive displays demonstrate the salmon cycle. Visitors view Issaquah Creek... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery attracts more visitors than any other of Washington's many hatcheries. Interactive displays demonstrate the salmon cycle. Visitors view Issaquah Creek, the salmon entrance, fish ladder, and fish-raising ponds in a beautiful, tree-filled setting. Many family activities. Right in the heart of Issaquah! Good restaurants & pubs nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A cool place to visit to watch the salmon head upstream to spawn. Very informative you can learn about the salmons life cycle and watch their struggle to swim up the river. There are lots of holding tanks, some where you can see the salmon up close.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The hatchery has very big salmon trying to get upstream in the Fall. There was a fish ladder with viewing windows and a bunch of holding ponds with salmon fry, rainbow trout, and larger salmon. The hatchery staff is glad to answer your questions. There is also a little kiosk with an enjoyable informational video about salmon and the hatchery.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had an hour between meetings so we strolled through the fish hatchery in Issaquah. Learned quite a lot and saw a lot of salmon & trout. Very interesting

Thank feastmode
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Overall: When the fish are running, this little park is a wonderful place to visit, especially with out of town guests or little ones. Pros: 1) Free! 2) Watch the salmon (when running) 3) Learn about the overall watershed and how these fish came in through the Ballard Locks, Lake Union, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and finally Issaquah Creek. Cons:... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Went here the last weekend in September. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to visit but if you are in the neighborhood its worth a browse. You can spend about 20 minutes walking around. There was quite a lot of fish there but they weren't jumping as much as I was hoping. A little anti-climatic. We went with... More 

1 Thank blondy1623
Woodinville, Wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Tucked in the city of Issaquah is a wonderful place to visit. The fish hatchery is a favorite of schools as well as the locals. A fun place to visit. They have murals about the different types of fish and many information placards. Every time I go I learn something new. It is fun to watch the fish climb the... More 

1 Thank Michael I
Maple Valley, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I love this hatchery! I took my out of town relatives that have a 5 year old. He called the salmon Sammy and he was on the hunt. It's a bit early for the fish ladder but we did see 3 in the stream and that was exciting. We also saw lots of babies jumping in the hatchery. This is... More 

1 Thank DianeRenee
Issaquah, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Perfect for an afternoon visit. The best time to visit is September and October when the salmon return to the hatchery. My daughter loves this place. It's a great educational place! A lot of to learn about the life cycle of salmon.

1 Thank Giseli-issaquah
Hayden, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

This hatchery was entertaining watching the salmon run upriver, the kids learned alot about salmon and could visually see them. Entertaining and a calm activity to walk the family through.

1 Thank ChristelCrizo

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