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The Solomon Gulch Hatchery, Valdez

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  • Go to the hatchery a few hours before high tide when the salmon are in. The water is full of fish then in come the sea lions, bears and eagles to feed. You can fish 300 feet from the hatchery weir - r...  more »
  • In late July there is a run of pink salmon coming to the hatchery with 100s of thousands of salmon! While they are stuck at the weir they attract a bunch (we counted 18 one night) of Stellar's sealion...  more »
  • Hundreds of salmon leaping in the water. Sea lions laying down randomly swallowing salmon. Bellies are full, waterfall backdrop. A wonderful nature experience  more »
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  • 5 star for sure. This place is amazing. You can watch over the salmon is such close distance. All four of us liked this place so much that we visit the Hatchery four times within three days. We did not see bears but there are salmon group, sea otter and even four sea lions in distance. Especially if your visit is in the early morning, the fog makes harbor so pretty that you can make a post card with it.
  • We arive during a salmon run. There were so many salmon that the hatchery could only take a small fraction of the salmon. The fishing was great. We used squiding hooks, since they wouldn't go for bate/lures. A brown bear walked along the fishing spot. It didn't even care about us (we retreated up the side to avoid him) and ate fish. After that, he started play around far away and chased seagulls.
  • I had true alaskan experience! Plenty of salmon, gulls and many other bird species do flock here, if lucky u can spot a 🐻 too!
  • Very cool to see the salmon and all the other wildlife they attract; sealions, bears, eagles. Also a beautiful view when you walk the trail behind it.
  • Great place to see salmon trying to get into the hatchery to spawn. Did a tour of the hatchery 10 years ago or so, and that was interesting as well. Don't know if that's still available or not. Because of the many fish here, it's a good place to watch for seals as well. Have seen brown bears around too, so keep your eyes peeled.

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