Help feed 35,000 salmon at Carkeek Park!

Watch for "Feeding Salmon Fry" sign.

JOIN US! Look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the parking lot at the first crosswalk, 3 times a day, every day, February through April.

On Monday, January 30th, the Suquamish Tribe’s Fisheries truck brought 35,000 Chum salmon fry to the Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park.  Fish are being fed 3 times a day, 7 days a week.  While the fish are here, they eventually become imprinted with the mineral and chemical smell/memory of the park’s Piper’s Creek Watershed.  This process insures that they have the best chance of returning to their new home waters in 3-5 years as spawning adults.

This batch of fish is just the 1st of 3 batches that will be delivered and then eventually released into Venema Creek by CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards.  So beginning now, look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the 1st lower parking lot as you come down into the park (see photo).

  • CWCAP volunteers feed and imprint 70-100,000 salmon fry every Spring for eventual release into Venema Creek.
  • Eggs and fry are provided each year by the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery. Thank you!
  • These are the fish that will return to these home waters in 3-5 years to spawn in the fall. Think about that!
  • CWCAP Salmon Programs and Carkeek Park Advisory Council help build Outdoor Classrooms across Carkeek Park.
  • Salmon Imprint Stewards can show you how to feed the fish, discuss operations, salmon life cycle, watershed improvement, and community stewardship. Learn, teach, participate, volunteer; let’s hear from you!

Sealaska Day Campers earn our thanks… again!

Youth cleaning debri from pipe; RamonteStanmore, 7-27-16

Sealaska youth help remove debris from the Venema Creek water supply line at Carkeek park in the summer of 2016; photo by Ramonte Stanmore, 7/27/16

Because of a job well done last year by a group of 14 middle and high school summer day campers, a possible disaster was narrowly averted this week.

Last year at the end of July 2016, a group of 14 middle and high school summer day campers from a partnership between Sealaska and the University of Washington helped out with important maintenance work on the Salmon Imprint System.  They removed debris around some 200 feet of intake pipe that supplies oxygen-rich creek water to salmon fry.  This is important work because the creek water supply pipe needs to remain visible at all times for regular inspection.  Any leakage can lead to reduced water flow to the regular crowd of 35,000 salmon fry and deprive them of oxygen.

Due to this job well done, CWCAP staff easily noticed a section of pipe on Jan 25, 2017 along the forested creek upstream of the Salmon Imprint System that had developed a potentially catastrophic leak (see photos below).  A temporary patch was applied and repair planning began.

Within a day of spotting the leak in a relatively obscure, forested area, CWCAP staff made repairs and the proper water flow was restored to many thousands of salmon fry destined to be released into Venema Creek sometime in March.

Thank you Priya Pugh at the UW and all of the great youth that ended up saving the day.  We hope the Sealaska and UW partnership continues and more youth can enjoy opportunities in our Carkeek Park outdoor classrooms.


Before: leak found along the length of the Venema Creek water supply line for the Salmon Imprint System; Jan 25, 2017


After: thanks to the work done the previous summer by Sealaska youth, improved visibility provided easy inspection and a quick fix to a potentially disastrous leak; Jan 26, 2017