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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: 877-463-2486
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Description: 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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Great and interesting stop to learn about the life cycle of the salmon. Fish ladder! Loved the touch tanks!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great and interesting stop to learn about the life cycle of the salmon. Fish ladder! Loved the touch tanks!

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Scarborough, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fun interactive tour of a salmon hatchery. Few aquarium style displays along with ability to see salmon eggs and the hatchery portion where they are raised.

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

As a local, I make sure we stop in a few times a year (June-August). During spawning season you can witness millions of salmon swim up the salmon ladder to the pens. Watch the hatchery staff handle the salmon and feed the smelt. Once inside, the hatchery has touch tanks for the kids, great gift shop and a floor to... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A very enjoyable way to learn about salmon and the life stages they go through. The entrance fee helping support the ongoing success of salmon in the area is an added bonus.

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I visited in early May and although the salmon were not running, it was still a neat little place to visit. I schedule my group for a 45 minute stop and it was just about right. We enjoyed the short talks, aquarium and touch tanks. It is not too far from the glacier and can easily be combined for a... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our facilities even while the salmon were not running. We strive to provide everyone that visits the hatchery with a great educational experience even when we don't have adult salmon returning to see. Our aquariums and rearing facility with millions of baby salmon are always fun to see year round!... More 

Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Several great aquariums at a working fish hatchery near downtown. A gift shop sells salmon products. Locals fish from a dock beside hatchery.

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

Thank you for your review. Our aquarium manager works extra hard to keep our aquariums looking nice and our specimens healthy and happy. We appreciate you making the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery a part of your Alaskan experience! More 

Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My husband and I love learning about many different things while on vacation, and we sure did learn a lot about salmon and their significance in Alaska while touring this hatchery! We are glad this place was included in our excursion!

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

Thank you for your review of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. We are glad you enjoyed our facility and learned all about our processes and the life cycle of Pacific salmon. Thanks for including us in your trip. More 

peabody
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were able to look behind the scenes at the hatchery, to watch eggs being fertilized, salmon milked. Watching the salmon climb the ladder to get back to their spawning place was incredible. I highly recommend this tour if you're in Juneau.

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

Thank you for your review. What a great time to visit the hatchery! Not everyone gets to experience our egg take process in full swing, we are really glad that you did. We love sharing our processes with visitors and hope that you found it as interesting as we do! Thanks for making the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery part of your... More 

Pahrump, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A very brief and interesting stop. you can even taste test the salmon. We saw bald eagles swooping down to catch the salmon. The fish tank was amazing too. Nice tour.

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad the eagles put on a great show for you! You can come to see the salmon and end up seeing all sorts of wildlife here at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. Thanks for stopping in and making us a part of your trip. More 

Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We were there when the salmon we're running so it was incredible to see. Highly recommend- very affordable.

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

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate that you included the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in your vacation! More 

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