Get ready for salmon in Carkeek Park!

Amazingly, salmon return every fall to spawn in Pipers Creek Watershed.  This is an all-too-rare success story in urban creeks that is well worth witnessing and learning more about.

A few Chum and Coho salmon were sighted as early as October 19 this year.  More fish, if they’re gathering in numbers out in the Sound, will need some rain events and favorable tides to bring them in.

Last year in the Fall of 2016, the first sighting of Chum salmon was on October 27; October 26 the year before in the Fall of 2015.  That doesn’t mean they won’t begin their run into Piper’s Creek a little earlier or a little later.

Upcoming is the annual Salmon Stewards Program sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).  Go to the park on Saturday and/or Sunday from Nov4 to Dec3 2017, 11am to 2pm.  There you will find friendly Salmon Stewards in great looking blue vests, an information canopy, and determined salmon seeking prime habitat and mates.  Learn about salmon life cycles, watershed awareness, and water quality fundamentals.  Tell your own fish stories.  Or just observe!  Most of all, bring your family and friends!

Welcome the autumn and the salmon!

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