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Safety at the Hatchery

The hatchery is an operational facility, please be aware that there are vehicles and heavy machinery in use. Portions of the grounds can become slippery, even when it is not raining or snowing. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit for everyone.

Helpful Tips

  • Please walk, don’t run, in all areas of the hatchery and wear appropriate shoes.
  • Most of your visit will take place outside, so please dress for the weather.
  • Please keep a safe distance from open pools of water, working machinery and egg incubation rooms.
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Salmon Etiquette

If a salmon jumps out of a holding tank, notify a hatchery staff member or docent to return it to the tank. Salmon have very sharp teeth, and a bite from a salmon can be toxic.

Help the salmon stay healthy by refraining from throwing objects into the ponds, unless feeding is allowed by a staff member or docent.

Place of Work

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) staff the hatchery full time and are working with heavy equipment and machinery during tour hours. Please be mindful.

Kindly stay out of areas marked for employees only, as some areas pose a hazard or a risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.


Please Be Respectful

The hatchery grounds are a public community space where there is access for everybody. 

Be aware that many students are visiting the hatchery in the fall, and it can become quite crowded. At all times, please refrain from smoking or using inappropriate language.

FISH docents are volunteers and are donating their time, please treat them with respect.

Thank you for your cooperation and we wish you a pleasant and safe visit to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. For any questions, please contact us at 425-392-1118.

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.