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!

See salmon migrating up Issaquah Creek from Lake Sammamish

Date: Mid-September through October, with best chance of spotting fish in early October (self-guided)
Location: Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah
Contact: For information on the park, including a map of creeks and trails: http://parks.state.wa.us/533/Lake-Sammamish.
Bridge across Issaquah Creek

Lake Sammamish State Park has an excellent public viewing area for salmon and wildlife habitat. The outlet from Issaquah Creek feeds into Lake Sammamish at a peninsula in the park. A boardwalk built through wetlands along the creek in 2013 gives access to its mouth. New interpretive panels add to the educational experience. In the fall, this is where several salmon species make their final journey from the lake up the creek to the salmon hatchery and beyond.

Generally, the opportunity to see most species begins around mid-September and continues through October, with the best chance of spotting fish in early October. The best viewing locations in the park are from the bridge crossing Issaquah Creek, along the boardwalk through the wetlands, and at the end of the boardwalk where the creek flows into Lake Sammamish. Murky water can limit viewing. Check the "Friends" website for docent activities and events.

Lake Sammamish & Issaquah Creek

In addition to salmon watching, the park offers boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and many other recreational opportunities. Sunset Beach has recently been renovated and there is a brand-new sustainably crafted beach house.

Sponsored by: Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Map and bus route:

Lake Sammamish State Park is at 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah. Parking here requires a daily or annual Discover Pass. Metro Bus Routes 200, 269, and 271 stop nearby.

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