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

Where's the Fish? Part 2

15 Aug 2014 Our favorite salmonids are on their way back! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) forecast (including the Issaquah Hatchery runs) expects “similar [to last year] Chinook fisheries” and “. . . a strong run of Coho salmon.” All our returning fish pass through the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks where they are counted as they make their way into the Lake Washington basin. Many of the Chinook and Coho are on their way to Issaquah Creek – most of the Sockeye are on their way to the Cedar River.

Where's the Fish?

29 Jul 2014 Our favorite salmonids are on their way back! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) forecast (including the Issaquah Hatchery runs) expects “similar [to last year] Chinook fisheries” and “. . . a strong run of Coho salmon.” All our returning fish pass through the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks where they are counted as they make their way into the Lake Washington basin. Many of the Chinook and Coho are on their way to Issaquah Creek – most of the Sockeye are on their way to the Cedar River.

Upcoming Activities & Events

FISH Volunteer Training - August 23rd

It's time to sign up as a volunteer with FISH. Help us tell the story of the annual miracle of the salmon's return to Issaquah Creek. We provide the training, a mentor to help you get started, and lots of support. Complete the Volunteer Interest Form and our Volunteer Coordinator Lei Deitz will be in touch soon.

Salmon Days - October 4 & 5

The hatchery and downtown Issaquah will be a happening place during this annual fall event. Learn more about Salmon Days and plan your fall activities around this down home tradition.

VOLUNTEER
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.

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

PRESERVE
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.