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

Memorial Services Set For Charles “Stan” Staniforth

9 Sep 2014 FISH lost a dear friend. Memorial services are set for Thursday, September 25, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Bellevue at 2pm.

Where's the Fish? Part 3

8 Sep 2014 The Chinook count is up to 4,827! And, the recent rain has brought the first of them into Issaquah Creek. And, we have jumpers! Few Chinook are being reported at the Shilshole Public Ramp, but the Coho count is picking up! Pretty soon the official count will start tracking the Coho return – presently they have counted about 500 Coho at this time. That forecast is for over 22,000 fish, so we should have lots of Coho action at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Upcoming Activities & Events

Trout Planted in Beaver Lake - November 5

Two year old rainbow trout raised at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will be released into Beaver Lake on the Pine Lake plateau over the course of the day November 5th.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - December 5

We appreciate all of the hours of work put in by our over 60 volunteers during the 2014 tour season. We saw close to 9,000 school students and many, many more visitors on the weekends during the 2014 salmon run. Watch for your personal invitation to our Appreciation Event.

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.