Learn About & Visit the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Salmon are the “unofficial” mascot of Issaquah. They spawn each fall in the meandering Issaquah Creek that flows through town and can be spotted from many footbridges throughout. Salmon are on full display at the Issaquah Fish Hatchery and have been celebrated since 1970 at the annual Salmon Days Festival.
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is the most visited hatchery in the state. The hatchery provides many opportunities to view salmon and learn about their importance and their challenges.
There are a variety of interactive displays including a fiber-optic map of salmon migration, bronze salmon sculptures, story boulders, a native plant garden, and a glassed-in fish ladder where visitors can watch salmon and other fish jump from one level to the next.
You will also find educational exhibits about typical Northwest streams, the salmon life cycle, and the odds that salmon overcome between the time they hatch to when they spawn.
125 W Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
The members of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) provide weekend tours during the fall spawning season. Tours are free and donations are encouraged.
Self-guided tour brochures can be found at the west end of the hatchery building.
Salmon Days Festival
Generally held in the beginning of October, the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is a two-day celebration of the salmon returning to spawn. This free event includes a parade, carnival, live entertainment, and over 250 food and arts & crafts vendors.