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Salmon and trout

Science, volunteer opportunities, and Endangered Species Act response

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Salmon and trout in King County, Washington and the northwest

Spawning salmon viewing locations
King County, Washington

Try visiting these salmon viewing areas or those from the Salmon SEEson site to see our Northwest salmon in action.

Bear and Cottage Creeks - View maps and directions for salmon viewing sites near Redmond and Woodinville.

Issaquah Creek - You can see salmon returning to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery in downtown Issaquah mid-September through November. The hatchery has a docent program that answers questions about the fish and gives tours. Call Friends of Issaquah Hatchery (FISH) at 425-392-1118 or visit their website for more information. 

Cedar River - Watch salmon on the Cedar River near Renton each fall while learning about their lives from volunteer naturalists. Call the Seattle Aquarium at 206-792-5851 or visit their Salmon Journey website for locations and schedule.

Snoqualmie River - Tolt MacDonald Park - Pink and chinook salmon can be seen from the footbridge over the Snoqualmie River at this park in Carnation, off Route 203, the Carnation-Duvall Road. You can see pink and Chinook salmon at Chinook Bend near Carnation as well. The turnoff is on the north side of Northeast Carnation Farm Rd, just west of the bridge over the Snoqualmie River. Fall City Park is another location for salmon spotting on the Snoqualmie River.

Raging River - Fall City - Salmon can be seen in the Raging River in Fall City from SE Dike Rd, east of the Preston-Fall City Road (203) between Lake Alice Rd and SE 43rd St.

Tolt River at the Snoqualmie Valley Trail Bridge

Green/Duwamish River - Chinook salmon spawn throughout the Green River mainstem from Auburn to Kanaskat. Good places to see wild spawning include Whitney Bridge Park at SE Green Valley Road and 212th Way SE east of Auburn. Park in the lot on the west side of 212th Way SE. You can follow the trail down to the river, but the best viewing is from the 212th Way Bridge. Do not cross the busy road.  

Flaming Geyser State Park, on the Green Valley Road east of Auburn, is another good location.

Chinook salmon can also be seen at Hatchery Park on Soos Creek just below the Green River Hatchery on the Auburn-Black Diamond Road about 1.5 miles from Highway 18.

Fish hatcheries are a good place to see salmon, but try to see some wild fish too. Hatchery fish are only part of the salmon story in the Pacific Northwest.

Covington Creek - Coho salmon can be seen in September and October at the roadway bridge on 168th Ave SE, just off the Auburn-Black Diamond Road. 

Want to know more? Learn to identify the salmon species found in our local streams.

Want to help salmon? We've got some great ideas listed on the Helping Salmon page.