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“Quintessential Pacific Northwest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1118
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Ranked #5 of 13 Activities in Issaquah
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Seattle, Washington
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“Quintessential Pacific Northwest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I moved to Issaquah in February and love bringing out of town guests to the hatchery. It's fun to see the fry in the tubs and read about the salmon's migration in the spring or summer months, but the real treat starts in August when they start to run. It is so neat to see these huge salmon swimming upstream and trying to jump the dam. The water is shallow that it is easy to see the salmon and kids and adults alike are enamored. It's easy to get to and free. I have been to the ladders in Ballard, but liked this hatchery better because it's easier to get up close and personal. Check it out!

Visited September 2013
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Renton, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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“Nature at its finest!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

The salmon do not run year around - but even when they are not running it is an educational experience in nice weather.

When the salmon are running, we have spent hours watching. Watching them swim upstream, watching them leap up the ladders and in the holding tanks. The salmon are fascinating!! During the summer months there is always a highly educated volunteer to teach you and/or your children all about the salmon.

Definitely a family friendly location; however, be careful with little ones on the entry bridge! We visit at least once a month sometimes weekly. There is no charge to visit and no time limit on how long your children can learn!!!

This is an experience in the life cycle, feeding habits, the trip the salmon make out to sea, their return to spawn and ultimately the death of the salmon. It is reality and death is a part of life not to be "protected" from.

Visited May 2013
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Pasadena, California
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“Great place to visit and take the kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This was a really nice place to visit. You get up close and personal look at lots of fish. There were several kids around and they were getting a good lesson on nature. The place was small enough that it was not overwhelming and the workers were willing to share knowledge with visitors. Very relaxing. Would visit again!

Visited September 2012
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Maple Valley, Washington
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“Get a close up look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

When the hatchery is open for the Salmon running this is a great place to see the action. Well maintained and with lots of educational signs, info. and docents on site. The only draw back is the parking can be difficult.

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Enumclaw, Washington
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“Do you like watching fish struggle to live?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012 via mobile

For some reason it didn't occur to me that fish--and lots of them would be dying or dead. Though this is the cycle of life it can be quite disturbing to see decomposing fish, if you are not prepared to see hundreds if not thousands in this codition. Dogs seem to love it....

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