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

Job Opening: Volunteer Coordinator

1 Apr 2014 The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is looking for an energetic individual with a supportive outgoing personality as its next Volunteer Coordinator. The part time position begins on July 1, 2014 and applications are now being accepted through May 31st. Successful candidates will have experience as a volunteer or a volunteer coordinator, a demonstrated commitment to the environment, is at least 21 years of age, and has excellent oral and written communication skills. Read our blog to learn more.

JOB: Summer Naturalist for Summer Science Camp

4 Mar 2014 This will be FISH’s 13th year offering summer day camps that teach about salmon, habitat and watershed stewardship. For the 2014 FISH is offering a paid position to support our summer education programs. Learn more about our summer programs and this opportunity by reading our blog.

Upcoming Activities & Events

Super Salmon Sleuths - Program for Preschoolers
March 26, April 15, May 8 & 30 and June 9

Salmon Science Summer Camps (Registration Now Open)
Little Fry Camp Ages 3-5; June 30 - July 2
Salmon Science Camp Ages 6-8; July 14-18 & July 21-25
Salmon Science Camp Ages 9-11; July 28-August 1

FISH Will Appear At The Following School Science Fairs:
Wilder 2/6/13; Echo Lake 2/6/14; Clark 2/13/14; Issaquah Valley 2/16/14; Fall City 3/6/14; Grand Ridge 3/12/14; Sunny Hills 3/13/14; Cougar Ridge 3/14/14; Apollo 3/18/14; Clyde Hill 3/19/14; Mark Twain 3/20/14; Creekside 3/26/14; Einstein 3/27/14; Woodmoor 3/28/14; Sunset 3/31/14 & 4/1/14; Arrowhead 4/1/14; West Mercer 4/2/14; Island Park 4/3/14; Bennett 4/23/14; Margaret Mead 4/24/14.

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.