Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery
Come every fall the salmon return to FISH, also known as Friends of the Issaquah Fish Hatchery. These fish return to mate in a safe environment and to rest from their long voyage in the sea. FISH is the most visited salmon hatchery tour in the Washington area. They offer a great educational experience for all ages. Guest will learn about the salmon life span, their journey upstream, how large they were six million years ago and so much more.
At FISH they thrive to give a one of a kind experience. There are many displays to look at while touring the facility from maps that track the route the salmon take to native plants that help visitors learn about keeping the environment clean and reduce runoff to keep the salmon healthy and happy. Also on the Salmon Hatchery tour guest will learn that they try to keep everything Eco friendly by powering off of solar panels and telling stories engraved into boulders instead of on paper.
On Tuesday mornings in the fall guest can view how the staff helps the fish fertilized their eggs. However, this isn't recommended for young children. There is a ladder viewing area that visitors can use to view adult salmon that have returned. The hatchery is open year around though fall is the best time to visit because that's when the salmon are most active.
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