FISH offers free tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. during the fall spawning season beginning August 31, 2013, and running through November 10, 2013. Reservations are not necessary; just show up at the hatchery near the bridge for your guided tour. All tours are free, but a suggested donation of $1 per participant is gladly accepted.
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.
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. Tours are available for smaller groups from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. once a week, and weekend tours are available by appointment. (Weekend tours are often not necessary because trained docents are usually at the hatchery during weekend daylight hours to provide information to visitors during the busy fall salmon season). To request a weekend tour, please submit the Tour Request Form below. All tours are free, but a suggested donation of $1 per participant is gladly accepted.
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 — we cannot accommodate groups that show up without a reservation! Please see “HOW TO SCHEDULE A WEEKDAY TOUR” below for more information.
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:
Wait for confirmation of your tour! 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 threee days, please contact us again. Your tour has not been scheduled until you have heard back from us.
TOUR REQUEST FORM
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 viewing room, located at the front central part of the main hatchery building (the long building with the green roof), which is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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.
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! Please click here to leave us your feedback on our evaluation form.
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.