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.

Recent Updates

Join Us for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

31 Mar 2015 Join Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on May 7, for a fascinating, insightful presentation about the survival of salmon, steelhead and other marine life in the Salish Sea. The public is invited as Jacques White, executive director of the nonprofit organization Long Live the Kings (LLTK), discusses what we are learning about the environmental state of this area, and its impacts on Puget Sound salmon and orca populations.

FISH Offers Screening of Elwha River Film

13 Jan 2015 Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will offer a screening of the film “Return of the River” (The Elwha) on Friday, February 20, 2015, in the Watershed Science Center at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. “Return of the River” follows a group of strong-minded committed people as they attempt the impossible: to change the public opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring a dam down. The community comes to a consensus, setting the Elwha River free and showing the way to more sustainable future. The film is produced by Jessica Plumb and co-directed by Jessica Plumb and John Gussman.

Upcoming Activities & Events

"FISH Talks" Return of the River - February 20

FISH hosts screening of the film "Return of the River". Doors open at 6PM, program begins at 6:30PM.

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.