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“Just ok” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Ranked #12 of 78 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
Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Just ok”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

It was a fun little 10 minute stop, but there wasn't much to see and they were playing loud rock music which seemed counter to the atmosphere. The cost is quite high for basically a couple small aquariums, a touch tank and then just looking at two big tanks of salmon. I probably wouldn't do it again.

Visited August 2014
Thank Jason M
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La Vernia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Never knew there was so much to "salmon ranching"! It really is an interesting stop, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the staff was friendly and eager to answer any questions.

Visited August 2014
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Dania Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great tourist attraction and learning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

We visited here as part of a tour from our cruise ship. It was a great experience and the perfect time of year. There were salmon galore that had returned here. We were able to see the young, that are fed every 20 minutes. Although they are cared for, it is NOT farmed fish as they are from fertilization of the returned ocean salmon. When the young are old enough they are put in a holding area to absorb the chemical make up of the ocean area they are in, so they will return. At the right time they are released back into the ocean. The hatchery also has an exhibit area and tour guides. There is a store that sells salmon products but do not expect discount prices!

Visited July 2014
Thank LindasDoral
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Coquitlam, Canada
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“A memorable and GENUINE Alaska experience for only $3.75!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

Alaska has one of the few sustainable fisheries left on this planet, and this hatchery is one of the main reasons why. This operation gives nature "a helping hand" in keeping the salmon population thriving in this part of the world.

The highlight is the large outdoor fish ladder. Unlike most fish ladders, the sightlines are virtually perfect, allowing you to watch these majestic creatures fight their way upstream to reproduce. The fish will attempt to jump a step and fail most of the time. However, they eventually succeed and gather strength for the next step in the ladder, failing again until they finally succeed.

The basic tour is a short one, but will stay in your mind for a long time. The inside consists of a mini-aquarium, various displays, and touch-tanks to get touchy-feely with some of the local aquatic life. You haven't lived until you've had a tiny crab try to latch on to your finger with its tiny claw.

If you've got a family or group, just jump in a taxi to get there. Round-trip fare will be about $26 from the cruise ship docks.

Visited August 2014
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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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“Here is where you learn about salmon.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

Some friends advised when we went to Juneau that we should see the Salmon Hatchery and I thought why ?? But from the time we pulled it to the time that we bought almost $400 in items and salmon that we had shipped back home it was great. First there is this wide expanse of water and then right next to the hatchery, are 1,000s of salmon trying to get to get back into the hatchery. It is amazing to see. Salmon apparently can analysis the chemical makeup of the water where they are born and come back 4 or 5 years later to lay their eggs.These salmon were raised and released from the hatchery and now were back trying to get it. They swim up a salmon ladder, which is a series of concrete tanks with the next one a little higher, until they reach inside the hatchery. Inside there are tanks of fish, many products of Alaska and from the salmon, including their eggs, smoked salmon and fresh filets. We had 4 lbs shipped and ate the first the other evening and it was truly the finest, mildest salmon that we have ever eaten. So yes, our friends were right and if you ever have a chance to visit Juneau , the Salmon Hatchery has to be on your must see list.

Visited August 2014
Thank James W
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