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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

Salmon Watcher Program
Volunteer Monitoring Program

Be a Salmon WatcherThe Salmon Watcher Program was a multi-jurisdictional effort focused at protecting a Pacific Northwest treasure and educating the community in the process. The 20-year-old program involved volunteers watching streams for spawning salmon in King and Snohomish Counties. This effort mainly focused on waters within the Lake Washington Watershed. After 20 incredible years of volunteer service and fish data collection, the program is ending in its current form. Some of the program's long-time partners, such as the Bellevue Stream Team, will continue to hold Salmon Watcher trainings and collect data each fall. This website will continue to provide information for how you can help salmon as well as how you can get involved in on-going volunteer efforts in the region.

Are you a Salmon Watcher? Go to our page for Active Volunteers. This page has info you can use once you've gone through training.

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

Need to report a code violation? More information can be found on the Helping Salmon page.

Other local programs

Miller and Walker creeks. Want to do this type of volunteer work but live near Miller or Walker creeks in Burien? Check out Community Salmon Investigation.

Bellevue Stream Team. Bellevue Stream Team will continue to hold a Salmon Watcher training each fall!

Where else to see fish...

If it is salmon spawning season (September through December) and you'd like to get out and see fish, here are some ideas and opportunities:

Map links

  • Interactive fish sighting map (with limited sites). Although spawning season is over, please enjoy using the map to learn fun facts about salmon.

This program is conducted in cooperation with the King County Water and Land Resources Division, Bellevue Stream Team, Redmond Stream Team, and the cities of Seattle, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, and Renton, with financial support from the King County Flood Control District Cooperative Watershed Management Grant.