Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah

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FISH is the result of many successful partnerships that formed after the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery was threatened with closure in 1992. Private citizens as well as community and business leaders joined forces to save this regional treasure. FISH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that today is supported by its members, the City of Issaquah, local businesses and service organizations.
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  • During October in particular, this place is amazing--leaping salmon, tanks are teeming with life, many volunteers to explain the salmon lifecycle. During the rest of the year, it is far less crowded--...  more »
  • When the fish are running in the fall it’s fascinating to watch them lug their tired and battered bodies through the shallow creek and up the ladder. I’ve learned a lot about the life cycle of these N...  more »
  • Many static displays. A short 5 minute film explains the history and what they do. Very scenic. Lots a fish. Good views. A great educational experience for kids.  more »
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  • Although this place is free to the public and their intent is noble in trying to educate the public on conservation it doesn't seem to offer much. Other than a nice bridge over the tranquil creek and holding pens for public fish viewing, i am not sure if this place is truly serving the best public interest for the large amount of taxpayer money it requires to operate, especially when there is some evidence that non-hatchery methods may produce better results in salmon spawning. Were it not free, I would give it 2 stars.
  • Good views of the creek. It's also great to see the fish being raised. In the fall it's amazing to see all the salmon jumping up the fish ladder.
  • Sweet spot for reflecting by the stream, frolicking with the kids and crossing the river to the slopes of Squak mountain.
  • Watching and learning about the fish was so cool, they have friendly staff happy to answer questions and give tours. You can get within inches of the fish under water through the windows in the fish ladder, or feed the rainbow trout.. very neat place and a free outing too boot.
  • What can I say. This is a mainstay of Issaquah character, and moreover, it is simply a wonderful intersection of nature and city. There is a small parking lot in front, informational boards everywhere, and a bridge where you can look down at the salmon. It's not usually too crowded, save salmon days of course, and a perfect place to take kids!

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