It's Salmon SEESon Again!

Fall is here, and salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at viewing sites listed here - and cheer them on if you see them!

Look for kokanee salmon near Lake Sammamish (Ebright and Lewis Creeks)!

Dates: Between early November and late January (self-guided)
Locations: Ebright Creek at the East Lake Sammamish Trail, Sammamish, and Lewis Creek at 185th Place SE, Issaquah
Contact: Call 206-477-4746 before you go to make sure kokanee are visible.
Kokanee in Lewis Creek

Don't miss this chance to see little red kokanee, a special salmon species that is a smaller relative of sockeye. Unlike other salmon, kokanee spend their whole lives in freshwater streams and lakes. Between early November through late January these native fish can sometimes be viewed at Lake Sammamish, the only place to see them within 90 miles of Seattle.

Self-guided locations are Ebright Creek at the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, and Lewis Creek at 185th Place SE in Issaquah. Kokanee have also occasionally been seen in Tibbett’s Creek in Lake Sammamish State Park.

To learn more about kokanee and recent efforts to help them, visit: Kokanee.

Sponsored by: City of Issaquah, City of Sammamish, and King County.

Driving directions:

To Ebright Creek:
From SR 520: Take the exit at NE Redmond-Fall City Road and turn right onto NE Redmond-Fall City Road. Drive about a half mile and make a slight right onto East Lake Sammamish Parkway NE. Continue about 4.5 miles to 127 East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE. 

From I-90 westbound: Take Exit 17 (Front Street - Issaquah). At the end of the exit ramp turn north/right onto Front Street. Front Street soon becomes East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE. Drive about 5.7 miles to 127 East Lake Sammamish Parkway. 

From I-90 eastbound: Take Exit 17 (Front Street - Issaquah). At the end of the exit ramp turn north/left onto Front Street. Front Street soon becomes East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE. Drive about 5.7 miles to 127 East Lake Sammamish Parkway. 

NOTE: At this address the viewing site and a small unmarked parking area are on the west side of Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, between the Parkway and the East Lake Sammamish Trail. Walk south from the parking area onto the East Lake Sammamish Trail about 50 feet from the parking area to where the creek crosses under the trail to view the stream. Please be courteous to the neighbors in this residential area.

To Lewis Creek:
From I-90 westbound: Take Exit 13 (Lakemont Blvd SE/SE Newport Way).  At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Lakemont Blvd SE and then enter the roundabout. Take the first exit onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE. 

From I-90 eastbound: Take Exit 13 (Lakemont Blvd SE/SE Newport Way).  The exit ramp is an overpass that circles back to merge with Lakemont Blvd SE. Merge with traffic and then enter the roundabout. Take the first exit onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE. 

Drive about 0.7 miles and take a left onto 188th Ave SE. Drive about 0.4 miles and turn left onto SE 43rd St. SE 43rd St winds through a residential neighborhood for less than 0.25 miles, eventually becoming 185th Place SE. The viewing site is the bridge over Lewis Creek, located at about 4100 185th Place SE. Parking is on the street at the bridge. Please be respectful of the neighbors in this residential area.

Kokanee identification


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