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Viewing sites for wild Salmon & Steelhead in the state of Washington

Wild Fish Conservancy salmon viewing area list for Washington by region (alphabetical order for each site beneath each region): most hatchery sites have been avoided to maximize potential to see wild salmon, steelhead, trout, and other native species – although even at the listed locations some are nevertheless dominated by straying, or introduction of hatchery origin fish:

Olympic Peninsula Area (West Coast and North Coast):


Name: Barnes Creek (Barnes Creek/Marymere Falls Trail at Lake Crescent)
Nearest town or reference site: Port Angeles
Road (address if applies): along U.S. HWY 101 at Storm King Ranger Station & Barnes Creek
Directions: take U.S. Highway 101 to Lake Crescent; at about midpoint along the lake, turn north at Storm King Ranger Station and parking; there is a one mile trail to Marymere Falls that starts near the Ranger Station and passes through a tunnel under US Highway 101; it briefly heads west parallel to the road before turning south and into the old-growth forest; at about 0.75 mile it crosses a bridge over Barnes Creek; provides an option for those interested in more vigorous hiking
Approximate stream mile point: about 2 miles above mouth
Species to be anticipated: wild Crescenti cutthroat trout
Time of year for viewing: cutthroat trout Jan-Mar
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: these fish are not numerous; one is more likely to see the pale gravel of spawning nest on the stream bottom in the form of 1.5 ft circles to 3 ft x 5 ft ovals than an actual pair of spawning fish; not numerous and very wary, feel highly rewarded if you do sight this rare native form of cutthroat trout limited to Crescent Lake; part of the reward is the hike through old growth forest to where the trail bridge provides a good view of the creek about one mile from the parking area

Name:
Morse Creek (at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife site)
Nearest town or reference site: Port Angeles
Road (address if applies): 2.5 miles east of Port Angeles off U.S. Highway 101
Directions: take U.S. Highway 101 to point about 2.5 miles east of Port Angeles with parking on north side of the highway; site still under development as of 2010 and ties into Olympic Discovery Trail
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: unknown origin Chinook salmon; wild & hatchery coho salmon; wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (on odd years like 2011 only); wild & hatchery winter-run steelhead; wild sea-run cutthroat trout
Time of year for viewing: Chinook salmon Sep-Oct; coho salmon late Oct-Dec; chum salmon Nov-Dec; pink salmon Sep-Oct (odd year returns only); steelhead Feb-May; sea-run cutthroat Jan-April
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: once access is provided to the creek, spawning of all above listed fish may be sighted in their respective time periods

Name: Snow Creek/Salmon Creek (WDFW wildlife site)
Nearest town or reference site: Port Townsend
Road (address if applies): Off Uncas Road
Directions: From intersection of Hwy 101 and S.R. 20 drive west on Hwy 101 approximately 0.3 miles to west Uncas road; turn left on west Uncas road and go approximately 0.3 miles to unimproved parking area; area is accessible by foot, no maintained trails. WDFW vehicle parking permit required.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild Chinook salmon; wild coho salmon; wild summer-run chum salmon; wild winter-run steelhead; wild sea-run cutthroat trout; sturgeon
Time of year for viewing: Chinook Sep-Oct; coho Nov-Dec; chum late Aug-early Oct; steelhead Feb-May; sea-run cutthroat Jan-Apr; sturgeon?
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Good opportunity to observe summer-run chum salmon spawning; in this lower portion of creek other species will primarily be moving toward spawning grounds farther upstream; sturgeion are also said to inhabit this area and may be visible; this area has an extensive estuary and riparian restoration in progress; also, good bird watching opportunities.

Name:
Sol Duc River (at Salmon Cascades)
Nearest town or reference site: Port Angeles/Forks
Road (address if applies): Along Sol Duc Hot Springs Rd
Directions: Take U.S. Highway 101 north of Forks or southwest of Port Angeles to Sol Duc Hotsprings Rd; at about the 6 mile point there is a parking area accessing the short trail to Salmon Cascades
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: rare native race of summer-run coho salmon; rarely wild & hatchery summer-run steelhead
Time of year for viewing: coho last week Sep through 3rd week October; steelhead July-Oct
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: primarily coho may be sighted leaping at the falls as provided by the trail viewing point and more can be sighted in the pool below it, although no trail access to that lower point

Washington Coast Area (Chehalis system south):


Name:
Scatter Creek (WDFW wildlife site) of Chehalis watershed
Nearest town or reference site: Rochester
Road (address if applies): Off Case Road
Directions: North Unit from North on I-5: take Exit 95, at end of off ramp take a left; take another quick left onto Case Rd; go 4 miles to the North Parking Lot of the North Unit (on the right); go another 0.4 miles down Case Road to the Middle Parking Lot.
North Unit from the South on I-5: take Exit 88-B; cross over freeway and take a right onto Elderberry St; go 0.4 mile and take a right onto 193rd Ave; take an immediate left onto Guava Street; go 1 mile and take a right onto 183rd; go 0.35 miles and take a left onto Guava Street again; at the end of Guava, take a left onto 180th Ave and go 0.4 miles; take a left onto Case Road; go 0.8 miles down Case Road to the Middle Parking Lot of the North Unit; go another 0.4 miles to the North Parking Lot of the North Unit.
South Unit: From the North on I-5: take Exit 95; at end of off ramp take a left, then another quick left onto Case Road; go 4 miles, the North Parking Lot of the North Unit will be on the right; go another 0.4 miles down Case Road to the Middle Parking Lot; go another 0.8 miles down Case Rd and take a right onto 180th Ave; the Main Parking Lot of the South Unit is 0.4 miles down 180th Ave.
South Unit: From the South on I-5: take Exit 88-B; cross over Freeway and then take a right onto Elderberry St; go 0.4 miles down Elderberry and take a right onto 193rd Ave; take an immediate left onto Guava Street and go 1 mile; take a right onto 183rd and go 0.35 miles; take a Left onto Guava Street again; parking Area is at the end of Guava St.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild coho salmon (most likely, but not indicated)
Time of year for viewing: coho Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Spawning salmon viewing opportunities; also, native short grass prairie with seasonal wildflowers; Mima type mounded prairie.

Hood Canal Area:


Name: Kennedy Creek (at Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail)
Nearest town or reference site: Shelton
Road (address if applies): Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail off U.S. Highway 101 near Shelton
Directions: From Highway 101 in south Mason County, approximately halfway between Olympia and Shelton, turn west at milepost 356 onto Old Olympic Highway. Go ¾ mile to the turn-off to a gravel road signed "Kennedy Creek." Go ½ mile on the gravel road to the Salmon Trail parking area.
Approximate stream mile point: About ¾ mile above mouth
Species to be anticipated: wild chum salmon
Time of year for viewing: viewing area limited to November chum salmon peak return period, although chum spawn there from mid Oct through Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: large numbers of wild chum salmon spawning at peak of return on best years – half mile long trail but viewing trail area only open on November weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Veterans Day, and day after Thanksgiving; interpretive trail is a low-impact and mostly ADA accessible with interpretive signs and viewing platforms for watching salmon

Name: Union River (at Theler Wetlands Trail)
Nearest town or reference site: Belfair
Road (address if applies): State Route 3 at junction of SR 300
Directions: From Bremerton head west on State Route 3 to Belfair; go 1 mile beyond the junction with SR 300 to the Mary E. Theler Community Center (and sign for the nature trail), located on your right. Park at community center. The trailhead is located in the northwest corner of the parking lot. Privy available.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: Chinook salmon both wild & hatchery; wild coho salmon both wild & hatchery origin; mostly wild summer-run chum salmon; mostly wild fall chum salmon; winter-run steelhead both hatchery & wild origin
Time of year for viewing: Chinook mid Sept-Oct; coho mid Oct-Dec; summer-run chum late Aug-early Oct; fall chum late Oct-early Dec; steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: the above listed species can be viewed on river entry in their spawning season along trails

Puget Sound Area:


Name: Ballard Locks
Nearest town or reference site: Seattle’s Ballard District
Road (address if applies): 3015 NW 54th St
Directions: From North of ship canal – west on NW Market St through Ballard business district; bear left onto NW 54th St and take immediate left after Lockspot Café to enter north parking lot @ $1.50/hr with 3 hr max; follow signs to fish ladder on south side of locks.
From south of ship canal – go north on 15th Ave W; take W Emerson St exit; at end of exit ramp turn left and go west toward Fisherman’s Terminal; turn right on 21st Ave W; follow the curve left onto W Commodore Way; continue about one mile to parking lot on right just after the Locks; follow signs to ladder.   
Approximate stream mile point: Near outlet to Puget Sound
Species to be anticipated: Steelhead; sockeye salmon; coho salmon; Chinook salmon
Time of year for viewing: Adult upstream migrations: Jan-Apr steelhead; late June-July sockeye salmon; mid Sep-Nov coho salmon; mid Aug-Sep Chinook salmon; juvenile salmon/steelhead outmigration to ocean: Apr-early June
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Steelhead and salmon will be moving through the ladders to Lake Union, then to Lake Washington, and then to final spawning destinations in Cedar River and varied Lake Washington creeks can be viewed through windows beneath the surface; visitor center open 10:00am-6:00pm May-Sep, the fish ladders are otherwise open daily 7:00am-9:45pm

Name: Bear Creek (at Paradise Valley Conservation Area)
Nearest town or reference site: Woodinville
Road (address if applies): 23210 Paradise Lake Rd
Directions: From west: take SR 522 east from I-405; turn right at Paradise Lake Road (Paradise Lake Road is the first traffic light you will encounter on SR522 east of I-405); go 1.8 miles with parking lot on right.
From east: coming from Monroe north, take SR 522 west towards Bothell/Woodinville; turn left onto Paradise lake Road; go 1.8 miles to parking lot on right.
Coming from Duvall (south), take Woodinville-Duvall Road west towards Woodinville; turn right onto 204th Ave. NE / Paradise Lake Road; go about 2.9 miles to parking lot on left. NOTE: The actual road name changes a few times before finally becoming Paradise Lake Road for good. The parking lot is signed. If the white gate is closed, it means that the park is closed.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: native origin sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye); wild coho salmon
Time of year for viewing: sockeye and kokanee Sep 20th-Oct 15th; coho Oct-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated:  Spawning sockeye salmon, kokanee salmon and coho salmon may be sighted at points where trail is near creek

Name: Bear Creek (at Salmon Grove Natural Area, Sammamish watershed)
Nearest town or reference site: Redmond/Woodinville
Road (address if applies): at end of NE 148th St
Directions: Take State Route 520 to end; continue on transition to Avondale Rd for about 3.5 miles; turn right onto NE 132nd St; continue on its transition to Bear Ck Rd NE for almost 2 miles; turn right onto Mink Rd; immediately turn right onto NE 148 St and park at end.  Walk up Tolt Pipeline trial. View fish from bridge.
Approximate stream mile point: About 6 miles above mouth
Species to be anticipated: native origin sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye); wild coho salmon
Time of year for viewing: sockeye and kokanee Sep 20th-Oct 15th; coho Oct-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Spawning sockeye salmon. kokanee salmon and coho salmon may be sighted at points where trail is near creek

Name: Bear Creek (at Classic Nursery business, Sammamish watershed)
Nearest town or reference site: Redmond
Road (address if applies): 12526 Avondale Rd NE
Directions: Take State Route 520 to its end; continue on transition to Avondale Rd NE; approximately 3 miles to Classic Nursery. Please visit only during business hours
Approximate stream mile point: About 3-4 miles from mouth
Species to be anticipated: native origin sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye); wild coho salmon
Time of year for viewing: sockeye and kokanee Sep 20th-Oct 15th ; coho Oct-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Spawning sockeye salmon, kokanee salmon and coho salmon may be sighted at points where trail is near creek

Name:
Cedar River at Cedar River Park at Renton Library
Nearest town or reference site: Renton
Road (address if applies): 100 Mill St S
Directions: Take I-405 to Exit $4 (Hwy 169); coming from north: continue past Sunset Blvd traffic light; make slight right onto Bronson Way and go through light and past Liberty Park on left; cross Cedar River and take immediate left at “Y” onto Mill Ave S; turn left at 4-way stop into library parking lot.
Coming from south: after Exit #4 keep left at fork in ramp and merge onto Maple Valley Hwy going under I-405; road makes slight left becoming Bronson Way; proceed as above. 
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake most common; potential for Chinook salmon at times; lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead
Time of year for viewing: late Sep through Oct for sockeye; Sep through early Oct for Chinook; Mar-June lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Most visible will be sockeye salmon spawning with naturalists providing information on weekends from mid to late October but other listed species can occasionally provide viewing of spawning activity

Name: Cedar River at Renton Community Center
Nearest town or reference site: Renton
Road (address if applies): 1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy
Directions: Take I-405 to Exit #3 (Hwy 169); coming from north: after exit go through Sunset Blvd light; make left at 2nd light onto Maple Valley Hwy; turn right at 1st light to enter Renton Community Center and continue along playfield to parking area.
Coming from south: keep right at fork in ramp and merge onto Maple Valley Hwy; proceed as above.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake most common; potential for Chinook salmon at times; lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead
Time of year for viewing: late Sep through Oct for sockeye; Sep through early Oct for Chinook; Mar-June lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Most visible will be sockeye salmon spawning with naturalists providing information on weekends from mid to late October but other listed species can occasionally provide viewing of spawning activity

Name:
Cedar River at Riverview Park
Nearest town or reference site: Renton
Road (address if applies): Maple Valley Hwy & SE 5th St
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Directions: Take I-405 to Exit #4 (Renton/Enumclaw); follow the signs towards Enumclaw; at 2nd traffic light turn left under I-405 onto Maple Valley Hwy; continue 1.1 miles; turn right into parking area. (Also accessible from the Cedar River Trail)
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake most common; potential for Chinook salmon at times: lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead
Time of year for viewing: late Sep through Oct for sockeye; Sep through early Oct for Chinook; Mar-June lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Most visible will be sockeye salmon spawning with naturalists providing information on weekends from mid to late October but other listed species can occasionally provide viewing of spawning activity

Name: Cedar River at Cavanaugh Park
Nearest town or reference site: Renton
Road (address if applies): Maple Valley Hwy & SE 8th Dr
Directons: Located on north side Maple Valley Hwy (Hwy 169), 4.5 miles east of I-405. It is immediately adjacent to the Riverbend Mobile Home Court and less than one mile east of the 149th Ave SE intersection. In heart of salmon season watch for fish signs and posted directions for parking.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake most common; potential for Chinook salmon at times; lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead
Time of year for viewing: late Sep through Oct for sockeye; Sep through early Oct for Chinook; Mar-June lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Most visible will be sockeye salmon spawning with naturalists providing information on weekends from mid to late October but other listed species can occasionally provide viewing of spawning activity

Name: Cedar River at Landsburg Park
Nearest town or reference site: Maple Valley/Ravensdale/Landsburg
Road (address if applies): Landsburg Rd SE (a.k.a. 276th Ave SE) & Cedar River Trail
Directions: Follow Maple Valley Hwy (Hwy 169) southeast from I-405 to Kent-Kangley Rd (Hwy 516) at Four Corners Shopping Center (about 2 miles south of the Hwy 18 interchange) turn east onto Kent-Kangley Rd and go less than ½ mile; take next left onto Summit Landsburg Rd; after several miles take left at stop sign onto Landsburg Rd (also called 276th Ave SE); go downhill about ¼ mile and cross Cedar River; take an immediate left or right into either parking lot.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake most common; potential for Chinook salmon at times; lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead
Time of year for viewing: late Sep through Oct for sockeye; Sep through early Oct for Chinook; Mar-June lake-run & resident rainbow trout; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Most visible will be sockeye salmon spawning with naturalists providing information on weekends from mid to late October but other listed species can occasionally provide viewing of spawning activity

Name:
Chuckanut Creek (at Arroyo Park)
Nearest town or reference site: South Bellingham/Fairhaven
Road (address if applies): Arroyo Park off Chuckanut Drive on Old Samish Rd
Directions: From I-5, take Fairhaven exit and go west about 1.5 miles toward Fairhaven on Fairhaven Parkway; at 12th St traffic light turn left to Chuckanut Drive as sign indicates; continue southward on Chuckanut Drive and at Old Samish Rd bear left to parking area for Arroyo Park.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: coho salmon of wild & hatchery origin; chum salmon of wild origin
Time of year for viewing: coho Oct-Dec; chum Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: from the footbridge in Arroyo Park coho and chum spawning activity might be visible in a natural forest setting and for more adventure to extend the visit there is the option to hike the Interurban Trail

Name: Clarks Creek (at Clarks Creek Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Puyallup
Road (address if applies): 14th St SW at Puyallup Trout Hatchery parking area
Directions: Take Hwy 512 to Puyallup; take Meridan St exit, and turn south; turn right at 15th Ave SE; turn right at 14th St SW; easiest access to the viewing bridge is from Puyallup Trout Hatchery, which will be on the left; the bridge is to the left rear of the hatchery grounds.
Approximate stream mile point: ? (upper creek)
Species to be anticipated: Chinook of mostly hatchery origin; coho salmon of wild & hatchery origin; wild chum salmon; rarely wild pink salmon returns (odd years only); steelhead of wild & hatchery origin; wild origin sea-run cutthroat trout
Time of year for viewing: Chinook (mostly hatchery) mid Sep-Oct; coho Oct-Dec; chum mid Nov through mid Jan with December peak; pinks Sep (odd years only and only rarely return here); steelhead Feb-Apr; sea-run cutthroat Jan-Mar
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Most of area is within Clarks Creek Park, open daily to visitors; upstream of the park and upstream of park much is State of Washington land also open to visitors unless otherwise posted; best view of spawning salmon is footbridge reachable by a moderate trail through the woods from Clarks Creek Park parking lot, or a short walk on gravel road from Puyallup Trout Hatchery; the creek is also visible from spots along nearby trails; spawning of previous listed species by time period may be visible

Name: Cottage Lake Creek (Sammamish watershed)
Nearest town or reference site: Redmond/Woodinville
Road (address if applies): 194th Ave NE at park site
Directions: Take State Route 520 to its end; continue on transition on Avondale Rd for about 4 miles; turn right onto NE 140th St; turns into 194th Ave NE and follow about 1/8 mile to paved public walkway on right; park and walk to bridge to view fish when present.
Approximate stream mile point: About one mile from mouth
Species to be anticipated: native origin sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye)
Time of year for viewing: Sep 20th-Oct 15th
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Spawning sockeye salmon

Name: Covington Creek (tributary Soos Creek of Green River)
Nearest town or reference site: Auburn, Covington, Black Diamond area
Road (address if applies): 168th Ave S.E.
Directions: Go to the roadway bridge on 168th Ave S.E. just off the Auburn-Black Diamond Rd
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild and hatchery origin coho salmon
Time of year for viewing: Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning coho salmon; an interesting creek that goes dry in summer yet supports coho

Name: Des Moines Creek (at Des Moines Beach Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Des Moines
Road (address if applies): Des Moines Beach Park at 22030 Cliff Avenue S
Directions: From Marine View Dr S, in downtown Des Moines, turn west onto S 223rd St; after 2 blocks it makes a turn to the right and transitions to Cliff Ave S; follow Cliff Ave S to the parking area and Des Moines Beach Park
Approximate stream mile point: from mouth upstream 0.5 mile to large culvert
Species to be anticipated: mostly hatchery origin coho salmon
Time of year for viewing: Oct-Dec for coho
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: good viewing sites for spawning coho occur along a trail that goes along the creek to the upstream end at the culvert; unfortunately many coho returning to Des Moines Creek and a number of other urban creeks die prior to spawning related to toxins carried in stormwater runoff.
Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified significant coho prespawning mortality at Des Moines Creek in 2002.  The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas.


Name: Ebright Creek
Nearest town or reference site: Issaquah/Englewood
Road (address if applies): 148 East Lake Sammamish Parkway
Directions: From SR 520: take exit to NE Redmond-Fall City Road; turn right onto NE Redmond-Fall City Road; continue about one-half mile and make slight right turn onto East Lake Sammamish Parkway NE for about 4.5 miles to 148 East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE; viewing site and a small parking area across the street from this address; walk left from parking area about 50 feet to East Lake Sammamish Trail.  Please be courteous to the neighbors – this is a residential area.
From I-90 going west: Take Exit 17 (Front Street - Issaquah).  At the end of the exit ramp, turn north/right onto Front Street; then same as above.
From I-90 going east: Take Exit 17 (Front Street - Issaquah).  At the end of the exit ramp, turn north/left onto Front Street; then same as above
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: native origin kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye salmon)
Time of year for viewing: late Nov-early Jan
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning of one of relatively few native kokanee salmon populations in Washington, this population relatively unique for late spawning time

Name: Fishtrap Creek (at Lynden City Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Lynden
Road (address if applies): Lynden City Park footbridge
Directions: From I-5 going north: Exit 256A (Meridian St) and turn right on SR 539 (Guide Meridian) traveling about 10 miles to Lynden area
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: coho salmon of wild & hatchery origin
Time of year for viewing: Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: from the footbridge spawning activity of coho might be seen

Name: Illabot Creek groundwater channels (Skagit watershed)
Nearest town or reference site: Rockport/Marblemount
Road (address if applies): Illabot Rd off of Rockport-Cascade Rd
Directions: take State Route 530 off of I-5 going east then north to Darrington & Rockport; about one mile before Rockport, turn right onto Rockport-Cascade Rd; continue about 4.5 miles crossing Illabot Ck bridge; shortly after turn left on graveled Illabot Rd; drive slowly due to potholes; after about 1 mile O’Brien Ck is crossed and then an excavated groundwater channel shortly after with room to pull over; at about 1.5 miles there is parking & turnaround at end of road next to a groundwater pond  
Approximate stream mile point: short distance above Skagit River
Species to be anticipated: wild coho salmon; wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (returns limited to odd years like 2011); rarely wild steelhead
Time of year for viewing: coho late Oct-Jan; chum Nov-Dec; pinks Sep-Oct (odd years only); steelhead Feb-June
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: species listed above can be seen swimming in the groundwater channel and pond and actively spawning if timing is right; on occasion salmon activity may also be sighted at the O’Brien Creek crossing

Name: Kelsey Creek and West Tributary (at Kelsey Creek Park, aka Kelsey Creek Farm Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Bellevue
Road (address if applies): 410 130th Pl. SE
Directions: From I-405, go west on SE 8th exit (#12) then go east and follow road through light at Lake Hills Connector into residential area; turn left at stop sign (128th Ave SE); turn right at SE 4th Place and follow to parking lot
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon of introduced Baker Lake origin; mostly hatchery origin coho salmon; mixed hatchery and wild Chinook salmon; wild lake-run cutthroat trout; rarely chum salmon of unknown origin
Time of year for viewing: sockeye mid Sep-Oct; coho Oct-Dec; Chinook mid Sep-Oct; lake-run cutthroat trout Jan-Apr
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: a walking bridge crosses the creek just upstream of Glendale Golf Course near the park parking lot that provides an upstream and downstream view of possible spawning fish as listed above; and one of the best sites for seeing salmon is at the West Tributary in a pond just upstream of the car bridge on the West Tributary; unfortunately most coho die prior to spawning due to urbanized conditions and toxins carried in stormwater runoff; other species are less affected.
Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified the high level of coho prespawning mortality at Kelsey Creek in 2000.  The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas. 

Name: Kelsey Creek (at Mercer Slough Fish Ladder & Mercer Slough Nature Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Bellevue
Road (address if applies): 118th Ave SE (parking area)
Directions: From I-405, go west on SE 8th and left on 118th Ave SE; park in lots just before and after the site, look for creek sign, and walk down the path and look for the interpretive signs.
The ladders can also be accessed via canoe or kayak in the Mercer Slough Nature Park that includes launching sites on Lake Washington: canoe/kayak excursions can begin at Enatai Beach Park on Lake Washington, which includes a boathouse and canoe/kayak rental facility. From there, it's a short paddle to the mouth of the slough, which spills gently into Lake Washington directly under the concrete lanes of I-90.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon of introduced Baker Lake origin; mostly hatchery origin coho salmon; mixed hatchery and wild Chinook salmon; wild lake-run cutthroat trout; rarely chum salmon of unknown origin
Time of year for viewing: sockeye mid Sep-Oct; coho Oct-Dec; Chinook mid Sep-Oct; lake-run cutthroat trout Jan-Apr
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: potential to sight above listed fish moving into and from ladders; Chinook moving through can be particularly visible due to their large size; unfortunately most coho die prior to spawning due to urbanized conditions and toxins carried in stormwater runoff; other species are less affected.
Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified the high level of coho prespawning mortality at Kelsey Creek in 2000.  The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas. 

Name: Lewis Creek
Nearest town or reference site:
Road (address if applies): 4100 185th Place SE
Directions: From I-90 going west: Take Exit 13 (Lakemont Blvd SE/SE Newport Way);  at the end of exit ramp turn right onto Lakemont Blvd SE; enter the roundabout and take the first exit onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE; continue about 0.7 miles and take left onto 188th Ave SE; go about 0.4 miles and take a left onto SE 43rd St.  SE 43rd St winds through a residential neighborhood for less than 0.25 miles, eventually becoming 185th Place SE.  The viewing site is the bridge over Lewis Creek, located approximately at 4100 185th Place SE.  Parking is on the street at the bridge.  Please be courteous to the neighbors – this is a residential area.
From I-90 going east: Take Exit 13 (Lakemont Blvd SE/SE Newport Way); the exit ramp overpass circles back to merge with Lakemont Blvd SE.  Merge with traffic and then enter the roundabout.  Take the first exit onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE; then same as above.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: native origin kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye salmon)
Time of year for viewing: late Nov-early Jan
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning of one of relatively few native kokanee salmon populations in Washington, this population relatively unique for late spawning time

Name: Little Bear Creek (at Rotary Community Park in Bear Creek watershed)
Nearest town or reference site: Woodinville
Road (address if applies): Rotary Community Park, 19518-136th Ave NE
Directions: From I-405, take Exit 23A east on SR 522 (Wenatchee/ Monroe); go 1.8 miles and take NE 195th St Exit (Duvall); go 0.2 mile and turn left on NE 195th St; go 0.1 mile and turn right on 136th Ave NE; park is on your right.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: native origin sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye); wild coho salmon
Time of year for viewing: sockeye and kokanee Sep 20th-Oct 15th; coho Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning sockeye and kokanee salmon; Little Bear Creek is one of most salmon streams in the Sammamish River watershed with much good habitat in the park

Name: Longfellow Creek (at Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail)
Nearest town or reference site: West Seattle
Road (address if applies): SW Genesee, west of 26th Ave; or at 28th Ave SW and SW Dakota
Directions: Take West Seattle Bridge exit off I-5: just after crossing bridge take Delridge Way exit; from SW Delridge Way turn right onto SW Genesee; just beyond 26th Ave SW on the right side (north) of Genesee there is a stairway dropping down to Longfellow Creek Greenspace; on the left side (south) of Genesee is the West Seattle Golf Course; parallel parking can occur along 26th Ave SW; descend the stairs and take the trail north past pond; shortly after the pond is the Salmon Bone Bridge which provides viewing; there is also viewing at two other bridges farther north on trail
Approximate stream mile point: about 2 miles above mouth
Species to be anticipated: mostly hatchery origin coho salmon; unknown origin chum salmon
Time of year for viewing: coho Oct-Dec; chum Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: a trail along the creek includes three bridge crossings that provide viewing of spawning salmon when present; unfortunately, most of the coho die before spawning related to urbanized conditions with resulting toxins carried in stormwater runoff; chum survive better; although this may seem discouraging it has provided a most important study area of regional importance.
Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified the high level of coho prespawning mortality at Longfellow Creek in 2000 after alert WFC surveyors reported it in 1999. The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas.   

Name: Newhalem Ponds (upper Skagit River)
Nearest town or reference site: Newhalem
Road (address if applies): Off North Cascade Highway (Highway 20) about a mile downstream of Goodell Creek
Directions: Take the Arlington Exit off I-5 (first phase east on SR 530 past Arlington and Darington and then north to Hwy 20 junction at Rockport); at Rockport turn right heading east toward Marblemount & Newhalem; continue past Marblemount and past Skagit/Whatcom county line; past Thornton Creek there is a gravel road to the right that abruptly has a “T”; turn right and follow to gate; park so as not to block the gate and hike to the ponds via the gravel road that transitions to differing primitive trails that access the ponds. Take the Hwy 20 exit turning right to go through Burlington and then going east   through Sedro-Woolley, Concrete, Rockport, and Marblemount; from there follow same as above  
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild coho salmon; wild sockeye salmon; wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (odd years only); wild winter-run steelhead
Time of year for viewing: coho Nov-Jan; sockeye late Sept-Oct; chum salmon Nov-Jan; pink salmon Sep-Oct (odd years such as 2011 only); steelhead Feb-June
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: via complex often unimproved trails the above species can sometimes be sighted swimming in, or spawning in upwellings in the ponds, others in the small connecting streams.

Name: Nooksack River, North Fork (at Deming Homestead Eagle Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Deming
Road (address if applies): Deming Homestead Eagle Park on Truck Rd off State Route 542 (Mt Baker Hwy)
Directions: Take Sunset Dr exit off I-5; take a right heading east on Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) continuing on past Deming and past Hwy 9 junction; near milepost 15, turn right on Truck Road; continue 0.7 miles to parking on right with picnic tables
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild & hatchery coho; wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (return on only odd years like 2011)
Time of year for viewing: coho & chum Nov-Dec; pinks Sep-Oct (odd years only)
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: coho, chum, and pink salmon spawning activity may be sighted; eagles frequent the area Dec-Feb to eat on old salmon carcasses; as many as 50 eagles at a time sometimes reported in larger chum salmon return years; the river channel wanders across a broad gravel flood plain shifting from year to year in location; it may sometimes require walking out across the gravel to find the river channel(s).

Name: Nooksack River, North Fork
Nearest town or reference site: Deming/Kulshan
Road (address if applies): along North Fork Rd at parking area about 1.5 miles beyond Mosquito Lake Rd
Directions: Take Sunset Dr exit off I-5; take right (heading east) onto Mt Baker Hwy (SR 542) toward Deming; continue past Deming and past Hwy 9 junction; take right onto North Fork Rd and continue to a parking area about 1.5 miles beyond Mosquito Lake Rd
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (return on odd years only such as 2011)
Time of year for viewing: chum Nov-Dec; pinks Sep-Oct (odd years only)
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: chum salmon spawn throughout the area and pink salmon during the years of their return; the river channel can shift location across a gravel flood plain and walking across the gravel bars may be required

Name: North Creek (at North Creek Regional County Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Mill Creek
Road (address if applies): 1011 183rd Street SE, Mill Creek
Directions: Take exit 183 off I-5 onto 164th St SE going toward Mill Creek; take right at Bothell-Everett Hwy (SR 528); take right onto 183rd St SE and continue about ¼ mile to park on right
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake; Chinook salmon; coho salmon; lake-run cutthroat trout; rare steelhead
Time of year for viewing: sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye) mid Sep-Oct; Chinook salmon mid Sep-Oct; coho salmon Oct-Dec; lake-run cutthroat trout Jan-Apr; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning activities of above species; North Creek Trail is accessible from the park and park itself has boardwalks across wetlands

Name: North Creek (at Canyon Park Business Park area)
Nearest town or reference site: Bothell
Road (address if applies): corner of 224th St. S.E. and 23rd Dr. S.E. in Canyon Park Business Park area
Directions: From Bothell-Everett Hwy (SR 524), turn east onto 220th St SE; continue to 23rd Drive SE and take a right (south) and continue to 90 degree turn to right (west); at that bend a trail goes south through green space to a crossing over the creek; park at one of nearby business parking lots
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: sockeye salmon introduced from Baker Lake; Chinook salmon; coho salmon; lake-run cutthroat trout; rare steelhead
Time of year for viewing: sockeye salmon and kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye) mid Sep-Oct; Chinook salmon mid Sep-Oct; coho salmon Oct-Dec; lake-run cutthroat trout Jan-Apr; rarely steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning activities of above species

Name: Padden Creek (at Fairhaven Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Fairhaven
Road (address if applies): Fairhaven Park just south of 107 Chuckanut Drive
Directions: Fairhaven Park is located just south of 107 Chuckanut Drive in the South Neighborhood; the entrance to Fairhaven Park is marked by large brick pillars; it is open 6:00am to 10:00pm daily.
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: coho salmon of both wild & hatchery origin; chum salmon of unknown origin
Time of year for viewing: coho late Oct-Dec; chum Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning activities of both coho and chum might be viewed from Fairhaven Park footbridge

Name:
Piper’s/Venema Creek (at Carkeek Park)
Nearest town or reference site: North Seattle
Road (address if applies): 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.
Directions: From I-5: Take Exit 173 to Northgate Way and turn west; cross Meridian; Northgate Way becomes NW 105th St; cross Aurora Ave N (Highway 99); turn right on Greenwood Ave N; turn left on NW 110th St (look for the crosswalk lights above the street); after 6 blocks, NW 110th Street becomes NW Carkeek Park Rd; NW Carkeek Park Rd winds down into the valley for 1/2 mile to the park entrance; turn left down the hill past the park center; at the bottom of the hill the fork to the right leads to parking that access the creek mouth and beach; continue on around to the parking access to the upper creek.
Approximate stream mile point: from mouth upstream 0.5 mile
Species to be anticipated: mostly hatchery origin coho salmon; hatchery origin chum salmon; wild sea-run cutthroat trout
Time of year for viewing: Oct-Dec coho salmon; Nov-Dec chum salmon; Jan-Mar sea-run cutthroat trout
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: good viewing at the public beach where the creek outlets from a railroad culvert and at viewing points all along the creek in Carkeek Park for about 0.5 mile to a double culvert near the sewage plant at the east end of the lower Carkeek Park parking area; also there is trail access along the lower 300 yds of Venema Creek that enters Piper’s Creek just below the double culvert outlet near the sewage plant spawning activity of coho and chum salmon in fall; sea-run cutthroat trout spawning in winter/spring; unfortunately most coho die prior to spawning due to urbanized conditions and toxins carried in stormwater runoff; other species are less affected, the wild cutthroat trout especially resilient.
Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified the high level of coho prespawning mortality at Piper’s Creek in 2000 after alert WFC surveyors reported it in 1999.  The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas.   

Name: Raging River (at SE Dike Rd along dike)
Nearest town or reference site: Fall City
Road (address if applies): SE Dike Rd, east of the Preston-Fall City Road (Hwy 203) between Lake Alice Rd and SE 43rd St.
Directions: Take State Highway 203 (aka Preston-Fall City Rd SE south of Fall City); turn east onto SE Dike Rd, between Lake Alice Rd and SE 43rd St.; view by walking along dike
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild & hatchery Chinook salmon; wild coho salmon; wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (return in odd years only like 2011); wild & hatchery steelhead
Time of year for viewing: Chinook mid-Sep-Oct; coho late Oct-Jan; chum Nov-Dec; pinks Sep-Oct (odd years only); steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: the above species may be sighted moving through the river or spawning in their respective seasons

Name: Raging River (Preston-Snoqualmie Regional Trail & Raging River Natural Area)
Nearest town or reference site: Preston
Road (address if applies): Trail access parking off Preston-Fall City Rd (Hwy 203) at Preston
Directions: From Interstate 90: take Exit 22 (Preston); turn right onto Preston-Fall City Road; turn left into signed trailhead parking and facilities near the Preston Athletic Fields; the trail follows an old railroad bed in sections and Preston-Fall City Rd in others; the Raging River Natural Area was purchased to provide protected salmon habitat and is about 2 miles north of Preston along the trail on the east side of Raging River (an option for those looking for more vigorous hiking)
Approximate stream mile point: Raging River Natural Area is about 5-6 miles from mouth
Species to be anticipated: wild & hatchery Chinook salmon; wild coho salmon; wild chum salmon; wild pink salmon (return in odd years only like 2011); wild & hatchery steelhead
Time of year for viewing: Chinook mid-Sep-Oct; coho late Oct-Jan; chum Nov-Dec; pinks Sep-Oct (odd years only); steelhead Feb-May
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: the above species may be sighted moving through the river or spawning in their respective seasons; some creeks crossed along the trial may also provide viewing of coho salmon, in particular

Name:
Snoqualmie River (at Tolt-MacDonald Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Carnation
Road (address if applies): Park entrance is at NE 40th St and Highway 203 at the south end of Carnation
Directions: Take State Highway 203 (aka Carnation-Duvall Hwy NE): turn into Tolt MacDonald Park entrance at NE 40th St at the south end of Carnation
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild & hatchery origin Chinook salmon; wild pink salmon (return on odd years only such as 2011)
Time of year for viewing: Chinook mid Sep-Oct; pink salmon Sep-Oct (odd years only)
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: From the walking bridge crossing the river at the park the above species may be seen spawning

Name:
Snoqualmie River (at Chinook Bend)
Nearest town or reference site: Carnation
Road (address if applies): north side of NE Carnation Farm Rd, just west of the bridge over the Snoqualmie River
Directions: Take State Highway 203 (aka Carnation-Duvall Hwy NE): turn onto NE Carnation Farm Rd about 2 miles north of Carnation and cross bridge over Snoqualmie River; small undeveloped parking area just past the bridge on west side of river
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild & hatchery origin Chinook salmon; wild pink salmon (return on odd years only such as 2011)
Time of year for viewing: Chinook mid Sep-Oct; pink salmon Sep-Oct (odd years only)
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning activities of above species may be seen in the Chinook Bend reach where 20%  Chinook in the Snoqualmie River spawn; no formal trails but fishing and nature viewing commonly occurs on this designated conservation land that is mixed pasture and wetlands

Name: Squalicum Creek (at Cornwall Park)
Nearest town or reference site: Bellingham
Road (address if applies): Cornwall Park is located at 3424 Meridian Street
Directions: Take the I-5 Meridian exit (#256); turn left (south) on Meridian Street; pass the country club and two park entrances will be on the left off Meridian past the Birchwood intersection.
Approximate stream mile point:?
Species to be anticipated: coho & chum salmon of unknown origin
Time of year for viewing: coho & chum Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: coho & chum spawning activity may be sighted at the park footbridges across creek; there is also a waterfall area to potentially view salmon

Name: Thompson Creek (tributary to Glacier Creek of NF Nooksack River)
Nearest town or reference site: Glacier/Nooksack
Road (address if applies): Thompson Creek bridge crossing on Glacier Creek Rd (Forest Road 39)
Directions: Take Sunset Dr exit off I-5; take right (heading east) onto Mt Baker Hwy (SR 542) toward Deming; continue past Deming and past Hwy 9 junction and past Maple Falls; just beyond Glacier turn right for road to Glacier Creek (ends up being Forest Road 39); abut a mile southwest on Glacier Ck Rd the road will cross Thompson Creek; park where convenient
Approximate stream mile point: near mouth
Species to be anticipated: coho salmon; pink salmon (limited to odd years, such as 2011); steelhead; sea-run cutthroat trout
Time of year for viewing: Oct-January for coho; September of odd years for pinks; May-June for steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout.
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning activity of any of the above listed species occurs might be viewed from bridge

Name: Thornton Creek (at Meadowbrook Community Center & Meadowbrook Ponds)
Nearest town or reference site: North Seattle
Road (address if applies): 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125
Directions: From I-5: Take the SR-522 exit (#171) towards Bothell/Lake City Way; bear left at the fork in the ramp; SR 522 E becomes Lake City Way NE; take a right on 110th Street NE; turn right onto 35th Avenue NE; the center & parking on right.
Approximate stream mile point: about 1.5 miles above mouth
Species to be anticipated: a few sockeye salmon; hatchery & wild Chinook salmon; mostly hatchery origin coho salmon; wild lake-run & sea-run cutthroat trout; rarely wild steelhead; rarely a stray chum salmon; native large-scale suckers; native peamouth
Time of year for viewing: sockeye salmon mid Sep-Oct; mid Sep-Oct Chinook salmon; Oct-Dec coho salmon; rarely Nov-Dec chum salmon; Jan-April lake-run & sea-run cutthroat trout of large size; rarely Feb-May steelhead; Mar-May large-scale suckers; late May-early June peamouth
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: at walking bridge locations on trails on east side of 35th along Meadowbrook Ponds; along the creek between Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook sport and play area on west side of 35th; spawning activities of above listed species in the creek and their migratory movements; unfortunately most coho die prior to spawning due to urbanized conditions and toxins carried in stormwater runoff; other species are less affected, the wild cutthroat trout especially resilient.
Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified the high level of coho prespawning mortality at Thornton Creek in 2000 after alert WFC surveyors reported it in 1999.  The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas.   

Name: Thornton Creek (at Mathews Beach Park)
Nearest town or reference site: North Seattle
Road (address if applies): 49th Ave NE & NE 93rd ST
Directions: Northbound: Take I-5 North to LAKE CITY WY NE (HWY 522);
head northeast for 1.6 miles; turn right on NE 95TH ST for 1.3 miles; turn right on SAND POINT WY NE for 0.1 miles; bear left on NE 93RD ST.
Southbound: Take I-5 South to Northgate Way; turn right on Lake City Way; turn Left on NE 95th; turn right on Sand Point Way NE.; bear left on NE 93rd St.
Approximate stream mile point: mouth on upstream about 0.5 mile
Species to be anticipated: a few sockeye salmon; hatchery and wild Chinook salmon; mostly hatchery coho salmon; wild lake-run & sea-run cutthroat trout; rarely wild steelhead; rarely a stray chum salmon; native large-scale suckers; native peamouth
Time of year for viewing: sockeye salmon mid Sep-Oct; mid Sep-Oct Chinook salmon; Oct-Dec coho salmon; rarely Nov-Dec chum salmon; Jan-April lake-run & sea-run cutthroat trout of large size; rarely Feb-May steelhead; Mar-May large-scale suckers; late May-early June peamouth
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: view at walking bridge near mouth; off end of; and from walking bridge and short walkway at west end of parking area; spawning activities of above listed species in the creek and their migratory movements; unfortunately most coho die prior to spawning due to urbanized conditions and toxins carried in stormwater runoff; other species are less affected, the wild cutthroat trout especially resilient.

Wild Fish Conservancy first quantified the high level of coho prespawning mortality at Thornton Creek in 2000 after alert WFC surveyors reported it in 1999.  The WFC findings in Seattle, Bellevue, and Des Moines urban creeks subsequently resulted in cooperative studies by Seattle Public Utilities, NOAA Toxicology Lab, and WFC.  These findings triggered planning to address urban stormwater, its affects on salmon, and its broader affects on Puget Sound and at other West Coast urban areas.

Name: Tolt River (at Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation)
Nearest town or reference site: Carnation
Road (address if applies): Tolt River bridge crossing on Hwy 203.
Directions: Take State Highway 203 (aka Carnation-Duvall Hwy NE): turn into Tolt MacDonald Park entrance at NE 40th St at the south end of Carnation
Approximate stream mile point: lower 400 yds of Tolt River
Species to be anticipated: Pink salmon
Time of year for viewing: Mid-August to early Sept., every other year, on odd years (example, 2011, 2013, etc.).
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: Good viewing of spawning Pink salmon from the Hwy 203 bridge to the mouth at the Snoqualmie River.

Lower Columbia River Area:


Name: Abernathy Creek (Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife site)
Nearest town or reference site: Longview
Road (address if applies): off Abernathy Creek Rd
Directions: West on SR 4 from Longview approx 10 miles; turn north on Abernathy Creek Rd and go 0.1 miles to first road on left to the WDFW site; access site is closed and gated due to past frequent vandalism on the site; walk in only.
Approximate stream mile point: not far from creek mouth
Species to be anticipated: wild chum salmon (particularly in this reach)
Time of year for viewing: late Oct-early Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning chum salmon can be particularly abundant in this reach during better return years

Name: Bonneville Dam (Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, Washington Shore)
Nearest town or reference site: North Bonneville
Road (address if applies): From Vancouver, WA take Hwy 14 exit; go east about 40 miles; beyond the North Bonneville exit, take the Visitors Center exit to the parking area: walk downstairs to the fish ladder viewing windows
Approximate stream mile point:
Species to be anticipated: wild & hatchery spring/summer Chinook salmon; wild & hatchery fall Chinook, hatchery origin coho salmon; wild & hatchery summer-run steelhead; mostly wild winter-run steelhead (infrequent); wild chum salmon (rare); native lamprey; American shad (introduced from East Coast but now wild)
Time of year for viewing: spring/summer Chinook Mar-Aug; fall Chinook Aug-Oct; coho; Sep-Nov; summer-run steelhead mid Mar-Oct; winter-run steelhead late Nov-April (infrequent); wild chum salmon Oct-Nov (but rare); lamprey Mar-June; American shad May-July  
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: the fish ladder windows provide excellent viewing of all species listed above in their season of return; because of tribal supplementation hatchery programs many hatchery reared salmon and steelhead from those facilities do not have clipped off adipose fins (little fleshy fin near tail) which is elsewhere standard practice in hatchery programs throughout the West Coast; without the clipped fin for identification it makes differential harvest targeting hatchery fish impossible to manage for; subsequently many hatchery fish reach natural spawning grounds with resulting wild/hatchery interactions during both spawning and rearing with reduced productivity for wild fish; however, through the window such fish can often (but not always) be indentified as a result of having dorsal fins (tall fin on back) that are partially or totally missing; this is a result of juvenile hatchery fish rubbing across each other’s backs in dense hatchery pond confinement; with careful observation, one can compare numbers of hatchery fish with clipped adipose fins to those that have full adipose fins (wild), and those with adipose fins but a reduced or missing dorsal fin (hatchery); the latter indicates the proportion of hatchery fish that are being protected from harvest and will ultimately compete with, and interbreed with, wild fish on the spawning grounds further reducing their already perilous existence in passage through all the Columbia River or Snake River dams.

Name:
Kiona Creek (WDFW wildlife site) of Cowlitz watershed
Nearest town or reference site: Randle
Road (address if applies): located off Savio Road west of Randle.
Directions: From I-5: Head east on US Highway 12 (45.8 mi); turn right at Savio Rd (331 ft); turn left at Savio Rd E (0.1 mi); limited parking and no restrooms
Approximate stream mile point: ?
Species to be anticipated: wild coho salmon (most likely, but species not indicated)
Time of year for viewing: coho Nov-Dec
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: spawning coho salmon may be seen; it is also described as a pleasant walk through a mixed deciduous/conifer forest to the forage fields where elk and deer can be observed.

Name: Washougal River (at Dougan Falls)
Nearest town or reference site: Washougal
Road (address if applies): Washougal River Rd at paved end
Directions: Take Washougal/Washougal River Rd exit off Highway 14; remain on Washougal River Rd going north and east about 20 miles, passing a school at about 11 miles and a general mercantile store shortly after on the right; DO NOT turn right at the store but continue northeastward on the Washougal River Rd; at about 18 miles the Washougal Salmon Hatchery will be on right; continue another 2 miles to paved road end at far side of bridge over the Washougal River with Dougan Falls on the right and a parking area; Washington Dept. of Natural Resources picnic ground is toward the left
Approximate stream mile point: about 21 miles above mouth
Species to be anticipated: mostly wild and rarely hatchery summer-run steelhead; wild winter-run steelhead less commonly
Time of year for viewing: steelhead late April-early June
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: excellent opportunity to view wild steelhead leaping Dougan Falls; passage is so difficult that it largely excludes hatchery steelhead with over 95% of the steelhead above it found to be of wild origin

Eastern Washington Area:


Name: Gold Creek Pond (above Keechelus Lake) constructed pond off Gold Creek of uppermost Yakima watershed and nearby spawning channel
Nearest town or reference site: Hyak
Road (address if applies): off Gold Creek Road at parking area on FR 9080
Directions: Take U.S. Highway 90 to just east of Snoqualmie Pass; take Hyak-Gold Creek exit (Exit 54); follow signs to Gold Creek Pond (this is FR 4832 that parallels the freeway on the north side going east 1.5 miles; turn left on Gold Creek Rd (FR 12) and go 0.75 mile; turn left on FR 9080 to parking area; paved trail to pond and to nearby spawning channel
Approximate stream mile point: about one mile above mouth
Species to be anticipated: kokanee salmon (resident form sockeye salmon)
Time of year for viewing: kokanee in Sep
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: the lake is a former dredge hole for highway construction; also a constructed spawning channel; although introduced, these spawning kokanee provide a view into the distant past when sockeye salmon once spawned in Gold Creek prior to the construction of the dam that raised Keechelus Lake in the early 1900s blocked their entry  

Name: Wenatchee River (Tumwater Canyon section)
Nearest town or reference site: Leavenworth
Road (address if applies): at varied pull-outs along U.S. Hwy 2 from Tumwater Campground to the west, to the outskirts of Leavenworth to the east
Directions: Take U.S. Hwy 2: coming from west, Tumwater Canyon of the Wenatchee River begins at the highway bridge crossing near Tumwater Campground and continues with highway proximity to near the outskirts of Leavenworth; viewing is possible at available pull-outs beside the highway both above and below Tumwater Dam; Swift Water Picnic Area is a particularly easy area to access about 6.5 miles west of Leavenworth.
Coming from east, Tumwater Canyon of the Wenatchee River begins just west of outskirts of Leavenworth and continues west to the U.S. Hwy bridge crossing just before Tumwater Campground; viewing is possible at available pull-outs beside the highway both above and below Tumwater Dam.  Swift Water Picnic Area is a particularly easy area to access about 6.5 miles west of Leavenworth and is about the only safely accessible area when traveling east.
Approximate stream mile point: River Mile 26.4-35.6
Species to be anticipated: wild fall Chinook salmon
Time of year for viewing:
Chinook mid Sep-through Oct
Brief description of location and fish activity to be anticipated: viewing of wild chinook salmon spawning in the Wenatchee River

Sources of for information:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; City of Seattle; City of Bellevue; City of Des Moines; City of Woodinville; Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group; South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group; King County; Pierce County; Snohomish County; Whatcom County; Seattle P-I; Snoqualmie Valley Record; Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition; Wild Fish Conservancy

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