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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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Small but very educational

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2014
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Alaska
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place, wonderful aquarium inside, with touch tanks for everyone, not just for kids. It is great when the salmon come back and you can watch them come up the ladders. Great yards and upkeep, very friendly.

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

Thanks "grannysfullcloset" for the kind review! We do love our fish and our building as well. We don't usually advertise it, but our rhododendron is one of the most beautiful in town. Hope you come back and see us this year! We have more fun things for kids and critters waiting to be checked out. More 

Campbell Hill, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We stopped by for a brief time while we were actually on a different tour, but the driver said it was worth the look from the outside. She was right! We were there during the Salmon Run, and the Salmon were going crazy. What a sight, their were thousands! See my pictures, they explain how many were making their way.... More 

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

Thanks marysmiles for the review and great pictures! We agree; the Chum salmon run at DIPAC is awe inspiring. If you get a chance to visit again, make sure you come inside. We have millions of baby salmon, and lots of other cool, southeast Alaskan critters just past the doors of our visitor center. Cheers from Juneau! More 

Fordland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The tour of the hatchery gives such an opportunity to learn about the Alaskan salmon industry and how the hatchery plays such a big role in keeping the industry of salmon fishing alive. The guides are well informed. The giant fish aquarium and hands on displays for children can hold the interests of all ages. Well worth the time spent... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
16 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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