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.
9 Dec 2013 As I watched our salmon return to Issaquah Creek right on schedule this fall, I was once again inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of these amazing fish. And I was just as inspired by the spirit of volunteerism I see among all of those who are just as amazed as I am at the miracle of the salmon life cycle.
9 Nov 2013 The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to attend the dedication ceremony for its’ new aquarium exhibit, Wednesday, November 13th, at 6 PM at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah. The Aquarium Exhibit is located at the center of the main hatchery building on Sunset Way. “When students first enter the aquarium room and take in the wonder of a salmon stream their faces are filled with a sense of wonder,” said David Waggoner who, along with Norbert Ziegler, were responsible for the vision and project management of the exhibit. Chinook salmon eggs that were spawned on September 24th have now hatched and are swimming in the aquarium tanks in the alvein stage of development.
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.