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Welcome to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 2024 Spring Guided Tours!

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

FALL ONLY FISH offers tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00AM and 1:00PM during the Fall spawning season only beginning September through early November.

FISH will accept tour requests for September-November Tours starting  in June. 

To support FISH’s educational programs, we request a small contribution of $10 per participant for our tours.

Reservations are required for guided tours.


Weekday tour times are 10:00AM., 11:00AM., and 12:00 noon  Monday through Friday (see the “School Tour” button on the right). Tours are available on afternoons and weekends group tours are available by appointment.

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.

Planning Your Tour — Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
  • During the fall, visitors will view adult salmon spawning in Issaquah Creek, the fish ladder and hatchery holding ponds. There are 17 interactive educational  exhibits, aquarium room, theater room, a native plant garden & rain garden. FISH encourages patrons to visit several times a year to view the various stages of the salmon life cycle.

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.