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“Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, Juneau, Alaska”

DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Ranked #17 of 92 things to do in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 in Late June 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Enjoyed visiting the fishery, it was a great educational tour if you have children. The salmon were spawning and swimming up the ladders which was very interesting to watch.

The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The museum is small, and the little store had great salmon products to buy.

Their free coffee was great as well, as it was chilly.

1  Thank mrogan3843
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This little gem is a definite part of the Alaskan culture. Was very interesting to see how the salmon population is preserved. Nice viewing area of the hatchery and interesting tour of how all parts of the salmon is utilized, nothing is wasted.

Thank kythoro
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

A visit to the hatchery is as educational as it is spectacular!
AS youi walkl the ways of the salmon upon entering the hatchery yioiu get an idea of the plight of the salmon to get back to their place of birth.
The hatchery in this case was the place of birth of the fish that progress up the ways tot he interior of the building.
Fish farming is not allowed in Alaska but capturing wild salmon and providing a better enviornment for a more successful hatch is the job of the hatchery.
If you are there at the right time of year you might see 100 pound fish in the ways as they swim up the hatchery stream to donate their eggs and sperm.

1  Thank Michael O
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

I learned much about how these hatcheries replenish the ocean with salmon and how they go about it. We were able to see a video of the process and to see millions of salmon in their tanks. The entire process is amazingly successful and the salmon is never wasted but recycled in different ways; as frozen fish sold to other countries, made into fertilizer or pet foods. When you think about each female carrying 2,000 eggs and with this process every egg is fertilized. Learning how we can help nature I feel is wonderful.

Thank EKahaialii
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Well visit to this Hatchery was part of city tour of Juneau and we were not very excited to go there initially.But once there we were amazed to see the way the whole place is run and how the fish are released in open sea and for first time we learned that fish once come back to the place of it,s birth.For that even if it has to travel various seas it does and returns once.
The place was overflowing with Salmon in different stages Overall interesting place for people of all ages to spend about an hour plus.

2  Thank ashoksaxena99
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