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Salmon are truly iconic to the City of Issaquah. The fish are represented in local culture, heritage and arts; featured in local business, organization names, logos (including the City of Issaquah) and the subject matter of public art. At the center of the fall salmon run (late August through November) is the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) staff, as well as volunteer docents, lead guided tours (booked and walkup) or visitors can take themselves on a self-guided tour. The hatchery also hosts free events such as the Salmon on Sunset Celebration and the Salmon Days Festival. Both draw crowds and the FISHop gift shop is open weekends offering souvenirs, gifts, eco-toys, as well as local and native artist wear. 

Built in 1936, the hatchery raises Chinook (king) and Coho (silver) salmon that return through Lake Sammamish and up Issaquah Creek during the fall salmon run. From various viewpoints along the creek and throughout the city, visitors and residents can enjoy watching the adult salmon making their journey back home to the hatchery. The map below recommends good spots to watch the miraculous salmon journey.

As the salmon return they travel through bodies of water in other cities including Kenmore, Woodinville, Redmond, Sammamish & Bellevue. Click below to view salmon in King County.