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Address: 2697 Channel Dr., 3 miles from downtown, turn left at the first group of buildings on Egan Dr., Juneau, AK 99801
Phone Number: 18774632486
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor’s Center offers a unique variety of...

The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor’s Center offers a unique variety of attractions & a truly Alaskan experience! Get a birds-eye-view of our outdoor hatchery operations while a local guide shares with you the fascinating life cycle of an Alaskan salmon and the inner workings of the hatchery. During the months of May and June, you will have the opportunity to see juvenile salmon prior to their release. Adult salmon start returning the beginning of July and continue through October. Bald Eagles and seals frequent the hatchery and provide a fantastic wildlife viewing opportunity. Once inside, explore our salt water aquariums displaying over 150 species of marine life, including touch-tank aquariums where you will have the chance to physically interact with local sea animals. Venture through our gift-shop where we make it easy to ship wild Alaskan salmon anywhere in the United States. Wow your taste buds when you take the opportunity to taste a variety of salmon samples such as: king salmon dip, salmon caviar, salmon jerky, & canned salmon. A fun, affordable, & educational experience for the whole family!

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Fun way to spend a rainy day!

This was a surprisingly fun way to spend an afternoon. Frankly, I thought the kids might be bored but we went anyway because it was raining. It was actually very entertaining... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
SusanfromtheSouth
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Montgomery, Alabama

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Houma, Louisiana
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248 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

where else in the world can you see 1 billion fish in a small area trying to get canned or smoked. they just try and try to swim in to the killing tank. the water comes from a stream across the road. then under the road and ends up filling the hatchery fish tanks then down the fish steps in... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Henry! Salmon are pretty amazing animals in the way that they return to their natal stream to reproduce in the final months of their life. Here at the hatchery, we are very thankful for this awe inspiring life-cycle because it means starting the population over each year is much simpler in the fact that the... More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Megan, our tour guide was an incredible wealth of knowledge. We had many questions and she enlightened us on many of the treasures found in the aquarium tanks. We loved our visit and would highly recommend it to all visitors, no matter what season you are there.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This was our first stop on our first trip out on our first cruise. We were on what, apparently, was just about the last Alaska Cruise of the season. We had signed up for the trip to the Mendenhall Glacier and the Glacier Gardens at Juneau (see earlier reviews) and we didn't know we were going to stop at the... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thank you so much, FORRES33 for the kind review and I'm so glad our salmon could bring back such wonderful memories for you. It sounds like our guide, Steve, did a great job educating you on why we're here and what we do for the commercial fishing industry. Thank you again for coming to visit, and if you ever come... More 

Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This was a surprisingly fun way to spend an afternoon. Frankly, I thought the kids might be bored but we went anyway because it was raining. It was actually very entertaining and educational. (And reasonable!) 5 kids, ages 9 to 21 and no one bored. Can't ask for more than that.

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thank you Susan for the review! We're so glad you and your family had such a wonderful time :) More 

Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Visiting during the salmon run made the whole experience more interesting, but the knowledge of what they are doing here, and the success by which they are making a difference to the salmon population should be congratulated!! Keep up the good work!

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thank you Leaddog83 for the review! We love what we do and are so glad that you had a good time learning about all the salmon enhancement in which we take part. More 

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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

While this hatchery is an education experience, it was fascinating to see seals up close, searching for salmon. The holding area for the baby salmon was amazing to see also! Very informative, quick tour of the facility, reasonable price, and great way to see nature up close!

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Great photos!! and thank you for the review, Lara. We love it when our resident harbor seals come up close for a snack, and are so glad you were able to see them and the rest of young and adult salmon. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We were on our way back from the glacier float trip, and our driver stopped here so we could see the salmon. We did not go into the hatchery, but were astounded to see thousands of salmon trying to make thier way up back into the hatchery. Our daughter particularly enjoyed seeing this, and she is a teenager! We recommend... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thank you Meierfamily for the review! If you ever make it back to Juneau make sure to come back for a full tour. We have some pretty amazing critters in our aquariums inside and our guides are very knowledgeable. More 

Mountain Center, California, United States
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Good museum and a nice little gift shop, but when the salmon are running, find time to glue your face to the acquarium window and watch the salmon swim by up the fish ladder type approach to the holding pens where they are captured for their egg and sperm. The fry are later released to start the cycle and potentially... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Paul B! Viewing the salmon returning in full force is so exciting. We work hard to provide our guests with a fun environment to learn all about Pacific salmon in and we appreciate when people really take in all of the knowledge we provide. Thanks for spending time in the gift shop and exploring our exhibits! More 

Plano, Tx
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This was an operating salmon hatchery. The tour was not very long as the process was condensed into a small area. The guide did a very good job of explaining and showing the somewhat complex process for getting salmon to return from the sea to the place of their birth to spawn. There has to be a simulation of the... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, jimandbevh! We agree, seeing salmon swim in a natural stream is an important part of understanding what is going on at the salmon hatchery. In late July- early September, you can see this process in a lot of streams along the southeast Alaskan coastline. One area to see naturally spawning salmon that is frequented by visitors... More 

Los Angeles, California
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We'd already been out fishing and one of our salmon was marked as a hatchery fish, so we wanted to learn more. The tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable and it was an interested place to spend some time on a rainy day. Not only are its operations interesting to watch, it's right on the Gastineau Channel so you can... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC, responded to this review

Hi WoodsResidents! Thanks for the great review and for taking the time to come visit the hatchery. It's so wonderful that you were able to catch one of the hatchery releases fish AND get to learn about the full process of what that means. We do enjoy our beautiful, channel side location as well. Thank you again for visiting, and... More 

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