Join the journey of a lifetime!
Free and family friendly!
Join volunteer naturalists at the Ballard Locks and at four sites along the Cedar River to see and learn about salmon.
Summer: Watch the salmon migration through the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard on July 15, July 29, August 5 and August 12, 11am–3pm.
Summer: Watch the salmon migration through the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Check back in June 2017 for summer dates.
Fall: See spawning salmon at one or all four locations along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas on October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29, 11am–4pm.
Click here or on the map below to view the 2016 flyer with directions.
See the salmon migration and learn about the epic journey that takes place every year as salmon swim from the ocean, through the Ballard Locks, into Lake Washington, and up the river to spawn. The Cedar River hosts chinook, sockeye and coho salmon among other fish species.
Learn more. What do salmon need to thrive? Why is clean and cold water so important to their survival? Discover how you can help to keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born.
Use our interactive map to find out where salmon have been sighted in our watershed and learn fun facts about salmon along the way.