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Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

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Great Field Trip with the Grandkids!

We took our two grandchildren to FISH and we all learned a lot about the miracle of the lifecycle... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary H
Issaquah, Washington
Fish, fish, and more fish

This is a wonderful way to see salmon up close and personal and to find out about their life cycle... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Olympia, Washington
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Every fall the salmon return to Issaquah, and so, too, do thousands of young students and visitors, who come to see these magnificent fish return from their grueling journey at sea, to fight against the current and spawn in Issaquah Creek. The...more
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125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our two grandchildren to FISH and we all learned a lot about the miracle of the lifecycle of a salmon and all of the different types. The video shown next to the gift shop is very informative and you can actually watch it...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful way to see salmon up close and personal and to find out about their life cycle. Recommend you stop on your next trip to Issaquah

Thank maryellenbradley
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Great place to view the fish during spawning season. Easy access for anyone. There are some good size fish that make the journey to back to the hatchery! Fun to watch

Reviewed 16 July 2018

The fabulous displays, underwater viewing windows, huge chinook and coho salmon (Sept-Nov), easy access off I-90 and the knowledgeable volunteers make it obvious why this is the most-visited of the many hatcheries in Washington State. One can wander the grounds yourself, or request tours from...More

1  Thank Larry_in_Issaquah
Reviewed 25 June 2018

A quick easy lesson for all about the salmon. Signs explain what is going on and at certain times you can see the salmon heading upstream. Could us a little paint touch up on the signs but a definite place to visit.

1  Thank Alvin N
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Its great to visit during Salmon Days. They have many volunteers that tell you the stories, and how it all works. Its very educational for young and old alike. I really enjoyed it.

1  Thank Brenda D
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Great place. End of season ... (Salmon run) so things were winding down , but it was an interesting visit and I learned a lot about the Salmon. Great for school kids and families alike. Great to see efforts done for the fish

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

During October in particular, this place is amazing--leaping salmon, tanks are teeming with life, many volunteers to explain the salmon lifecycle. During the rest of the year, it is far less crowded--both with fish and people. It's a quiet getaway for short walks. Parking is...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

When the fish are running in the fall it’s fascinating to watch them lug their tired and battered bodies through the shallow creek and up the ladder. I’ve learned a lot about the life cycle of these NW natives, and after coming to terms with...More

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Pepper H, Program Coordinator at Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thanks for your review, MsKnap. I know what you mean about the "feel good"-ness of this story being slightly ambiguous. What helps me is to keep in mind the fact that the bodies of the salmon renew not only the river for the next generation,...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Many static displays. A short 5 minute film explains the history and what they do. Very scenic. Lots a fish. Good views. A great educational experience for kids.

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Deborah L
24 June 2016|
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From Seattle, take I-90 East to the Front Street exit and turn right onto Front Street. Continue all the way through town until you reach Sunset Way. The Salmon Hatchery is right behind the Brew House. Parking is... More