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?

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.

Meet FISH Volunteer Coordinator, Lei Deitz

17 Jul 2014 It is with great pleasure that we introduce Lei Dietz, our new Volunteer Coordinator. She began work on July 1st and is eager to meet all of our volunteers and our visitors. Lei has work for 25+ years in the field of environmental conservation at non-profit organizations in Montana and Colorado, 15 of those years managing volunteer programs. She brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the job.

Upcoming Activities & Events

Salmon Science Summer Camps (Registration STILL Open)

Little Fry Camp Ages 3-5; July 7 - 9 (OPEN)
Salmon Science Camp Ages 6-8; July 14-18 (SOLD OUT) & July 21-25 (OPEN)
Salmon Science Camp Ages 9-11; July 28-August 1(SOLD OUT)

Frogs & Dogs - Issaquah Brewhouse - July 5th, Noon to 8pm

Issaquah Highlands Day Festival - July 20th

FISH Volunteer Training - August 23rd

Salmon Days - October 4 & 5

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.