Lake Sammamish kokanee
King County, Washington
Kokanee are smaller relatives of sockeye salmon. They are the same species, but unlike sockeye, they don't migrate to the ocean. Instead, Sammamish kokanee live in Lake Sammamish or Lake Washington and return to a few streams to spawn in the fall. Their numbers have been declining rapidly in the past decade.
Pictures, drawings and descriptions to help identify landlocked sockeye salmon or kokanee.
Photos of kokanee in tributary creeks of Lake Sammamish in King County, Washington.
Watch videos of spawning, rearing and reintroduction of kokanee in Lake Sammamish tributaries since 2007.
Kokanee studies, reports and documents
Kokanee and chinook restoration projects in the Sammamish Watershed
List of projects scoped for fast-action and to benefit kokanee and chinook salmon populations in Lake Sammamish tributaries (2011).
Kokanee conservation presentations
Briefing materials presented to regional partners interesting in Lake Sammamish kokanee science, status and conservation efforts.
Lake Sammamish Kokanee Workgroup products
For questions about Lake Sammamish kokanee, please contact David St. John, government relations administrator, DNRP Water Policy Unit.