Every fall the salmon return to Issaquah, and so, too, do thousands …

of young students and visitors, who come to see these magnificent fish return from their grueling journey at sea, to fight against the current and spawn in Issaquah Creek.

The Issaquah hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year. As the region grapples with change to the natural environment, FISH highlights the presence of salmon in Issaquah Creek to cultivate a sense of wonder about these remarkable fish. We strive to tell the story of salmon here in such a way that fosters a natural, life-long commitment to their well being.

Upcoming Activities & Events

Salmon Days, October 3 & 4!

Please join us for the annual and spectacular Salmon Days festival, happening on October 3rd and 4th, 2015. The forecast looks great and we've got lots of King Salmon and a few Coho in the creek to see. Be sure to stop in our FISHop Gift Shop when you come down. We've got a lot of wonderful merchandise - get an early start on that holiday shopping! See you there. It's going to be "So Flippin' Fun!" For a list of vendors, click here.

Check out our salmon cam

FISH volunteers leads tours, answer questions, and promote watershed stewardship so our young people will take care of the water they share with the salmon.

FISH offers myriad educational programs that teach about Pacific salmon, watershed functions and hatchery operations, from camps to classroom presentations.

The Issaquah Hatchery was was created to restore the historic salmon runs that once thrived in Issaquah Creek but had been destroyed by logging, coal mining, and other activities in the Issaquah Creek Basin.