The glassed-in ladder and holding ponds let visitors get nose-to-nose with adult salmon that have returned to spawn. Visitors can watch brightly colored chinook, coho, sockeye and other Issaquah Creek species jump from one level to the next in the ladder. They can also see the salmon in detail in the holding pond, which is […]
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“Salmon People and Raven” story boulders by Muckleshoot artist Phil Hamilton is a traditional Native American salmon tale etched into a series of stones arranged in a semi‑circle. This display was installed in 2002 and funded with a City of Issaquah Arts Commission grant.
The hatchery’s solar panel shows how people can harness the sun’s power. The project is a 1.1 kilowatt solar-electric system and while it is too small to provide the main source of power for the hatchery’s normal electrical needs, the system is grid-tied, so its electricity is part of the overall energy mix used by […]
The hatchery’s native plant garden shows visitors how they can use native plants to grow “salmon-friendly gardens.” Native plants offer a host of benefits; since they require minimal irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides, they can save money, preserve habitat, reduce runoff and keep harmful chemicals out of the watershed.
The fiber-optics map lights the route salmon take when they leave Issaquah Creek as smolts and when they return as adults. It traces the salmon’s path through Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish, the Sammamish River, Lake Washington, Lake Union, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Puget Sound, the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. […]
Gilda and Finley, the hatchery’s two coho salmon statues, are arguably Issaquah’s most famous couple. These 8-feet bronze sculptures were created by artist Tom Jay. The salmon’s size is based on fossils of salmon from the Ice Age. Some 5-6 million years ago, such “saber-tooth salmon” existed, measuring up to 10-feet long and weighing up […]