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Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

#4 of 31 things to do in Issaquah Features Animals
125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803
+1 425-392-1118
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Salmon here and there

Cool little place to visit. Walked it down during a long lunch, the place is fairly small but lots... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Great local attraction

Hopefully the fish are running when you visit but regardless it gives you a very nice idea about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Issaquah, 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 Issaquah hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year. As the region grapples with change to the natural environment, FISH highlights the presence of salmon in Issaquah Creek to cultivate a sense of wonder about these remarkable fish. We strive to tell the story of salmon here in such a way that fosters a natural, life-long commitment to their wellbeing, with tours, educational programs, and summer camps! “FISH champions the annual miracle of salmon in our fragile environment.” — FISH Mission
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803
+1 425-392-1118
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool little place to visit. Walked it down during a long lunch, the place is fairly small but lots to learn. Only one of the holding pools had fish in it. It you can clearly see them, in assuming it's due to the time of...More

Thank Erickg123
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Hello, and thanks for visiting! You are correct that what you see at any given time is dependent on the time of year. Right now, we're between releasing this year's smolt (April-May) and the return of spawning adults (September-November). The holding ponds (raceways) currently have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hopefully the fish are running when you visit but regardless it gives you a very nice idea about how the fish are raised and the purpose behind the hatchery. Go during salmon days for the most fun.

Thank yardranger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here for about 20 minutes on our way to brunch. My son loves fish, and is obsessed with all things fish related. We got to see some 2 year old trout, as well as salmon smolt and fry. He loved it! There was...More

Thank Nikki B
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

We really would be no where without our volunteers! We really appreciate you noticing and taking the time to recognize them. Glad it was a good day for you!

Reviewed 5 July 2017

I know people who work for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and understand what they have to do to make this attraction as wonderful as it is, year after year. The hatchery and the WDFW employees do a wonderful job keeping the salmon,...More

Thank Golf I
Management response:Responded 6 July 2017

Thank you so much for recognizing the work that goes into keeping this place going! I want to give a shout-out, too, to the volunteers who also do not only tours but help the WDFW staff with grounds and upkeep--without them, the staff wouldn't have...More

Reviewed 20 June 2017

Every year this famous place draws a great crowd. We are all interested in the Salmon that we are famous for. Great for all ages and very peaceful

Thank Vickie E
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I live in Issaquah and make sure to check it out at least once a year. The best time to go is in October heads down! The foliage and the surroundings are amazing. Salmons are going wild and you want go home without spotting several...More

Thank Theresia E
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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!...More

Thank Ronald R
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...More

Thank fnqfamily
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...More

Thank Mark H
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
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Deborah L
24 June 2016|
Response from Harvey H |
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