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Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

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125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803
+1 425-392-1118
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Lots of fish

Great place. End of season ... (Salmon run) so things were winding down , but it was an interesting... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
Burnsville, North Carolina
via mobile
Amazing when salmon are running

During October in particular, this place is amazing--leaping salmon, tanks are teeming with life... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
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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  • Average4%
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“life cycle” (7 reviews)
“fish ladder” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803
+1 425-392-1118
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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

Thank Sushi897
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

Thank Hocfutue
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

Thank msknap
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.

Thank Herbert F
Reviewed 11 August 2017 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 14 August 2017

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 27 July 2017

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 24 July 2017

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 1 August 2017

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

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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