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10 Best Places to See Salmon Spawning Around Seattle and the Eastside

Go, salmon! Where to spy salmon in rivers and creeks around town

Fiona Cohen
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Published on: September 14, 2020

10 Best Places to See Salmon Spawning Around Seattle and the Eastside

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Salmon spawning in the Duwamish River

Salmon-spotting tips

First time out? Here are some tips so you know what to expect.

  • Bring binoculars for a better view of the salmons’ physical changes.
  • Dress to stay warm — watching salmon is a quiet activity.
  • Keep pooches leashed (if dogs are allowed at all). A dead salmon might look like an irresistible snack.
  • If you see a dead fish, leave it where it is. The ecosystem needs them!
  • The salmon are hard at work. Stay out of the water and don’t disturb them in any way.

Editor's note: ParentMap staff contributed to this article, which was originally published in 2013 and updated most recently in September 2020.

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