Come See the Spawning Salmon in Olympia/Tumwater

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If the rain outside my office window wasn't enough of a reminder that fall is here, the arrival of the spawning salmon would do it.  (And actually seeing the salmon is a lot more fun than looking at the rain....)

The first good viewing place to see the salmon is from the bridge at 4th Ave downtown Olympia where you may get to see the big fish gathering and milling around as they make their way in from the saltwater of Budd Inlet to acclimate & transition across fresh water Capitol Lake and then up the Deschutes River.  You are very likely to also see some herons or  maybe a seal intent on seeing if they can catch a salmon snack.

Waiting for salmon

Then do not miss the fish ladders at Tumwater Falls Park - it amazes me every single year that those fish are able to leap up the steps to make their way up river! 

Fish ladders in the Deschutes River

There are many good vantage points along the paths or on the bridge across the river where you can get a ring side seat for their fishy travels.

 

Deschutes River Tumwater WA

And the big tanks full of leaping, splashing salmon is a real adventure where you are up close enough to get splashed. 

 

Spawning salmon in tanks 

 

The fish are counted and identified and eggs are removed, and there is an updating sign showing the count by species, as well as some great info about the whole salmon life cycle.

 

Salmon life cycle

I  love making this part of every fall season - and the kids will be well entertained as well as learning just how this little miracle of nature works.  Hello to fall and hello to the salmon - welcome back!!

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Nancy- I remember seeing a documentary on this when I was younger and was fascinated by it.  I've always wanted to see this !  Your photos helped take me there.  Thank you!

Sep 25, 2013 05:14 AM #1
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This must be amazing to watch in person.  What a treat!  Those fish look huge!

Sep 25, 2013 05:30 AM #2
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Kathy - it is such an absolutely fascinating thing to see!  One year there was quite a crowd of people watching some salmon who kept circling, trying to jump up the fish ladder, falling back down, circling, jumping, falling.  When they finally made it up those steps, the crowd applauded! :) Put it on your bucket list and come visit!!

 

Sharon, they are really large fish!  And when they are in the pens after the Fishery Dept. counts them etc, they are VERY active, swimming and splashing and trying to find a way to jump out of that container.  We are hoping for a dry day tomorrow to head their with the grandkids!  So there may be more pictures ahead....

Sep 25, 2013 05:55 AM #3
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Nancy - that is something that is on my bucket list as you've suggested!  Always fascinating and I thank you for giving us a glimpse of this wonder

Sep 25, 2013 06:56 AM #4
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You're very welcome Susan!  It really is fascinating, and one of my favorite parts of the fall season.  Even after reading the information about salmon's whole life cycle and their ability to make their way back to spawn, it just seems amazing to me - definitely one of nature's wonders!

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Nancy, I've never seen anything like this in person.  Looks pretty cool to watch!

Sep 26, 2013 05:20 AM #6
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BLiz - it is really, really cool!  When I first moved to Olympia, it was one of the first things I saw - and it really blew me away! 

Sep 26, 2013 07:36 AM #7
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We were in Alaska and Washington once and saw what you described, up close. It is really amazing to see.

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Nancy,

Great pictures and I saw this at a Salmon Hatchery in Alaska too. It is amazing that they know where to come home to die....the exact spot.

Sep 27, 2013 01:46 AM #9
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Hi Joe - I love these chances to get up close to nature and marvel at how these salmon find their way back home.

Kristin, it is definitely something special.  And those salmon are very determined to go where they are meant to go - leaping up those fish ladders with such persistence.

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Nancy, I am glad that I saw this on Kathy's weekly post. It is fascinating how the salmon migrate and do swim uphill like that.

Sep 28, 2013 09:59 PM #12
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Kathy - thanks so much for including me in your weekly post! A very nice surprise indeed!
Sep 28, 2013 11:45 PM #13
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Hi Debbie - they make such an amazing journey to spawn! And seeing them up close is fun - they are BIG fish!!
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Hi Kathy, found this on Kathy's post and wanted to read your post.  Very interesting and would love to visit in the fall to see this wonder.

Sep 29, 2013 11:29 AM #15
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Hi Rebecca - glad you stopped by to see the salmon (virtually at least).  Do plan on a fall trip sometime - it's a beautiful time of year in the Pacific NW!!

Sep 30, 2013 05:24 AM #16
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