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Macaulay Salmon Hatchery/DIPAC

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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Ranked #12 of 24 Attractions in Juneau
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: 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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Los Angeles, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It's a small hatchery but the guides and staff are very informative. There are several small displays, an aquarium, a video tour and salmon for purchase in the tourist building. The salmon ladder can be viewed from the buildings outdoor landing as well as viewing some ladders through glass windows. The hatchery building is worth a stop - fascinating to... More

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Terre Haute, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The hatchery is small and there is not too much to see but the guides who tell about the history and working of the hatchery are very well informed and provide interesting details. The aquarium in the lobby is well taken care of and has very interesting specimens of local fish, crabs and other sea life. From the viewing area... More

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Holiday, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We were met by, I thought, by an uninspired, uninterested student guide. Inside the hatchery the student guides were great and well-informed. The salmon were scarce due to the time of year, but the museum had some very nice and well thought-out exhibits. The small gift shop has souvenirs as well as salmon for shipping.

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Columbia Falls, Montana
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Very informative guide. Answered all questions. Learned a lot about salmon. Excellent facilities with small museum. Worth the stop.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited the hatchery as part of a tour group. Our tour guide was a young person who didn't speak loud enough (even with the PA) for those of us at the back of the pack to hear what was being said. So, we didn't get much of the info about the hatchery. Once inside, the fish tank was neat.

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Tracy, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A lot of Salmon to see on this trip. But if you have been to a hatchery before they are kind of all alike. They had dried salmon for sale as well as other items. Good place to take the kids to see fish and learn about the salmon industry in Juneau.

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Houston, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was very interesting and educational place to visit. The helpful and knowledgeable staff gave very good presentations. At the salmon ladder you could watch the salmon leap and work their way to the hatchery. The hatchery is well worth the time to stop and visit.

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Hamilton, NJ
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299 reviews 299 reviews
79 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Though a bit technical for our taste, the Macaulay Hatchery provides a quick but comprehensive glimpse on the nature of salmon, its many kinds, its life-cycle, its hatching, migration, etc. The cylindrical salmon tank (located inside the hatchery) is very impressive. We are not certain we would recommend this attraction as a separate stop by itself but as a part... More

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was the first of three stops on our excursion. Very well organized, very interesting guide. Explained everything you wanted to know about salmon, and as this was the first week of August, boy were they running! You only need about 45 minutes or so to see everything, but as we had a sunny and 70 degree day it was... More

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San Simeon, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

What a great place to see the Salmon industry being kept alive!! All kinds of Salmon and sizes!! Very AWESOME!!! Great staff!!!

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