I hope to visit from the UK next September and would like to know when the salmon runs take place.Any information would be great.
Check out the website and social media links at bottom of site for detailed information. There is a Questions tab which will answer most everything. The salmon season is short, from June through Sept. There is a YouTube video, linked off the website updated seasonally, that give you more information. Be sure to schedule a tour (free) to get the most out of your visit...always something going on.
In different seasons more fish come thru, in sept the ladder can be very active with sockeye.
Sockeye begin their run in June and taper off around mid-July. King in July/August with Chinook bringing up the tail July thru September. You can see steelhead just about any time of the year - although outside the peak run periods (April I think ...) you'll just as likely see an empty pool in the viewing room as one with one or two steelhead in it - waiting to build the energy to move to the next pool.
If you're coming in late September - could see an empty pool in the viewing room, but most likely will see a few straggling Chinook (or a Steelhead).
Even if the viewing pool is empty - the area surrounding the locks and the fish ladder is fascinating (the locks operate 24/7 all year round - although the public access to the area around the locks is limited to primarily daylight hours). We are there many times during periods when the salmon aren't running and always enjoy the sights & sounds of this very unique place.
Mid June through September. Also the locks and surrounding botanical garden are free.
Thanks to logandp20 for the info,very much appreciated.
Hi many thanks to Brodie the dog. I have checked out the site and found it very informative.
Yes the different species of salmon run starting in June July and end at the latter part of September . It's the most fun to come in the heart of the summer with all the boats are going through the locks and there's so many people in the beautiful gardens it's around the globe and locks in Seattle
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