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Address: 5th Avenue SW / Deschutes Pkwy SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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Good while Salmon are running

A bridge on a small dam dividing Capitol Lake and the Puget Sound. Most of the year, this is a pedestrian sidewalk. During the months of August and September, this is a place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
Doug H
Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Stopped to view the annual salmon migration but unfortunately they had already moved past this spot and were now in Capitol Lake and further up Tumwater Falls Park. Did see the local resident blue herons and gulls but no seals! Oh well, as they say timing is everything!

1 Thank jaybeeFL
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

A bridge on a small dam dividing Capitol Lake and the Puget Sound. Most of the year, this is a pedestrian sidewalk. During the months of August and September, this is a place where pedestrians, families, and tourists stop to watch the Salmon on their upstream journey to Tumwater Falls for spawning. The Harbour Seals chasing the salmon is what... More 

Thank Doug H
Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

There are a lot of interesting things to see and do in Olympia but this is not really one of them. If one wants to see the salmon ladder well go see that under the bridge but that is it. No special trip here.

1 Thank Robert L
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Great views of Budd Bay inlet and the Olympic mountain range as well as that of Mount Rainier with easy access to capital Lake and the downtown.

Thank Chrash700
Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is a good place to view the salmon, when they are running. Otherwise it's just bridge that borders on a toxic lake. It is not a destination or an engineering feat , like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. If you're in Olympia anyway you might want to visit it.

Thank walklightly1942
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

Educational for kids and adults and dogs. The seals hang by the bridge and catch salmon. It's next to Bayview grocery store with a deli, it's a good place for an outdoors lunch.

Thank Laural90210
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

whether you're there in the fall to watch the salmon or just go for the view, it is a great spot. You can't park real close, maybe a block away, but the vistas are nice.

Thank cupperr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Nice place to visit when the salmon are running. Sometimes there is a volunteer available for any questions you may have. Good for kids to see the fish.

Thank Diana S P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

If you want to see more salmon than you can count, stop here during the right time of the year. Parking is across the way.

Thank Veronica P
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Suspended between Capitol Lake and Budd Bay, this place is a great location to observe the salmon run, encounter heron, geese, harbor seals.... Gives visible evidence of an estuary. At certain times, tour guides are stationed here to inform you of what to watch for, define what you are seeing. More than a functional bridge but a rich human experience... More 

Thank Jane S

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