Tours of the Hatchery

FISH offers tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. during the fall spawning season beginning September 5, 2015, and running through November 15, 2015. You do not need a reservation for weekend tours. Just join a docent at 11:00 or 1:00 near the sign next to the bridge. Donations of $2 per person are gladly accepted, but we would never turn anyone away!

While FISH continues to offer tours for groups of 10 or more throughout the year, the biggest demand is in the fall when the adult salmon return to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

    School and Group Reservations


    - Reservations are required for guided tours.

    - Weekday tour times are 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    - We offer a special tour time for preschool groups from 9:30-10:00.

    - Tours may be scheduled for groups of 10 to 60 people per hour, with no more than 60 people (total) per hour.

    - Submit the tour request form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    - FISH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All tours are free, but we kindly request a suggested donation of $2 per participant so that we can continue to do our important work in educating thousands of people each year! We thank you for your support!

    - Please contact Greg Lynch, our Tour Coordinator at 425-392-8025 or if you have questions regarding your tour.

    Please read the Safety at the Hatchery page before coming on your tour. We want our guests and visitors to be safe and enjoy their experience at the hatchery. Thank you.

    Weekday tours must be scheduled ahead of time — since we are a volunteer run organization, we unfortunately cannot accommodate groups that show up without a reservation.

    We will confirm your tour after we review the schedule against your request We try get back to you within three business days (Monday through Friday) to let you know if your tour has been scheduled. If you do not hear from us in three days, please contact us again. Your tour has not been scheduled until you have heard back from us.



    GROUP INFORMATION (complete all applicable fields)

    Self-guided Tours

    When tours are not available, the hatchery is still accessible, with lots of interesting hands-on educational exhibits to explore. We also have self-guided tour brochures available in the aquarium room located behind the flagpole in the main hatchery building (the long building with the green roof). Note: This room is open from 8:00-4:30 daily.


    FISH will make every effort to accommodate your group; however, we cannot change reservations within three (3) business days of a scheduled tour. If you must change your tour time, please do so at least three (3) days beforehand.

    If you cannot make a scheduled tour and it is within three (3) days of the reservation, please immediately call 425-392-8025 to leave a message to let us know that your group will not be coming.

    We appreciate this information in order to respect the time of our valuable volunteers, many of whom take time off from work to come lead tours at the hatchery. We are thankful for our dedicated team of docents who make this experience possible for the thousands who take our tours annually.

    If you would like to reschedule a canceled tour for a later date, and that date is at least three (3) days after the originally scheduled date, please contact us for availability and we will try to accommodate your group.

    Still have questions? See our Tour FAQs for additional information.


    Tour Evaluation Form

    Thank you for joining FISH in another 'fin'tastic fall salmon season! We welcome your feedback about your tour and school presentation (if you had one). Thank you for your time! To provide your feedback, please contact Karen Kane, FISH Executive Director, at 425-392-1118 or

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    The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is a public facility where photos, videos and other media might be taken of individuals visiting the hatchery. At times FISH takes photos of visitors to use for publicity purposes (on our website, in pamphlets, etc.) If you do not wish to have your picture taken during a visit, please let the photographer know at the time of your visit.