It's Salmon SEEson!

Warm waters and low flows have made 2015 a tough year for salmon as they work to return to streams and rivers around Puget Sound this fall. Watch for these natural beauties at viewing sites listed here – and cheer them on if you see them!

Piper's Creek annual salmon watching

Dates: Weekends November 7 to December 6, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Friday, November 27 with special activities, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle
Contact: For information, email

salmon in Venema Creek (Carkeek Park) See returning chum and coho make their way into Piper’s Creek at Carkeek Park throughout November and December. On weekends during the return, Salmon Stewards greet guests by the creek to explain the salmon's life cycle, habitat, and human influence on both.

Confirm and report salmon sightings, and interact with community members on Facebook:

Salmon at Carkeek Park -Seattle celebrates life cycle of salmon (KING5 News)

Welcome the Salmon Home to Piper's Creek
Friday, November 27, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FREE
Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle 98177

On the day after Thanksgiving all ages are invited for activities to welcome the salmon home. Celebrate with hot drinks, music, good food, and activities throughout the park. Volunteer Salmon Stewards will be on hand to answer questions.

Sponsored by: Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP), Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle Parks' Environmental Learning Centers. Metro Bus Route 28 is the closest to Carkeek.

For more details call 206-684-5999, email, or visit Facebook:

Related Carkeek events:

Salmon Steward Training
Saturday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. FREE
Ages 13 and older

Need a cure for those rainy, autumnal weekend blues? Sign up for three to four 3-hour shifts in November and December to staff a table at Carkeek Park and answer visitors' questions while the salmon are in. No experience is necessary -- we will train you! Bring your calendar and a bag lunch! (NOTE: Even if you can't make it for Salmon Stewards this fall, consider being one of our volunteer feeders this winter). School service credit is available for students! Please register one week or more in advance: 206-684-5999 or email  

Celebrate the Clean Water Act
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. - Noon. FREE
Ages 13 and older

Help test Piper's Creek water and learn what is needed to improve its quality and transform it into a healthy habitat for humans and fish! For more information, please call Nancy Malmgren at 206-363-4116.

More Seattle Salmon Events:

Finale Festival
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle

Celebrate one last time and help us wrap up an amazing Summer at SAM season. Join us for a day filled with music, art making, and yoga for all ages, and learn more about the Native American tradition of welcoming the late-summer return of the salmon. Visit to learn more.

Train to become a volunteer Salmon Watcher!

Dedicated Salmon Watcher volunteers watch for fish on their assigned creeks two times a week from September through December. The information collected helps us know where salmon are spawning in our streams, and sometimes where barriers exist to salmon migration. The training is Wednesday, September 30, Seattle at Carkeek Environmental Learning Center.

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