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Tours of the Hatchery

With the continuing need for social distancing due to the risks imposed by the COVID-19 virus, FISH does not know when regular tours will resume. Our advice for planning tours is still posted below, but please be advised that we cannot identify a start date at this time.

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

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.

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

To support FISH’s educational programs, we request a small contribution of $5 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. However, 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. 

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 also exhibits, a native plant garden and wetland for visitors to enjoy. Each visit to the hatchery provides new and fascinating experiences. 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.