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Address: 5th Avenue SW / Deschutes Pkwy SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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Great Little Pit Stop

If you want to see more salmon than you can count, stop here during the right time of the year. Parking is across the way.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Veronica P
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to visit when the salmon are running. Sometimes there is a volunteer available for any questions you may have. Good for kids to see the fish.

Thank Diana S P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to see more salmon than you can count, stop here during the right time of the year. Parking is across the way.

Thank Veronica P
Olympia, Washington
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Suspended between Capitol Lake and Budd Bay, this place is a great location to observe the salmon run, encounter heron, geese, harbor seals.... Gives visible evidence of an estuary. At certain times, tour guides are stationed here to inform you of what to watch for, define what you are seeing. More than a functional bridge but a rich human experience... More 

Thank Jane S
Lacey, Washington
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This bridge has artwork, plenty of sidewalk space, and you can even check out the salmon runs at the appropriate time of year.

Thank food4lifeforever
Olympia, Washington
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Well I'd be remiss if I didn't remember one of life's true pleasure in Olympia--our abundant fish, waterfowl & water dependent creatures in the Puget Sound's diverse habitats. In Olympia on the 5th street bridge, ask around during salmon runs for an awesome display that lasts... well for days at a time!!!

Thank ConsumerAttorney
Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

You can see beautiful mountains, the state capitol, and the water from the bridge. When in season, you can also view the Salmon run from the bridge, worth a visit.

1 Thank lodgingproreview
Olympia, Washington
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93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Located in down town Olympia, the bridges are a great place to watch the salmon swimming upstream to the Deschutes River. During the run (September and October) there are often people there to help you spot the salmon and to tell you all about the run. The bridges are close to Heritage Park, restaurants and down town shops.

2 Thank maryellenbradley
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The dam is very harmful to Olympia and Budd Inlet. The sidewalk in front of the dam is narrow and dangerous. This dam needs to be removed and Deschutes Estuary restored.

4 Thank JPaulTraveler
Olympia, Washington
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76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a great place to see the salmon run (there are hundreds of large salmon!) and the associated seals diving for salmon, blue heron and other critters. It is a great view of the area.

3 Thank Foodie T
Olympia, Washington
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193 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Having reviewed the design and construction of this bridge, I am a bit partial to it as a structure. The design does incorporate some nice pedestrian features, including widened sidewalks, night lighting that complements the bridge and the river, and some nice architectural features. However, it is a several block walk to get to it from any direction, and Western... More 

4 Thank Al K

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