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 June 23, July 7, July 21, August 18 and August 25 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 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, 11am–4pm.

Sites include the Renton Library, Cedar River Park (behind the Renton Community Center), Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park and Dam. For directions to each site, please see the directions flyer.

Click here or on the map below to view the 2017 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.



Follow the Cedar River salmon journey on Instagram!

Share your photos with us on Instagram by using the tag #SalmonJourney!


Things you can do to help salmon thrive and create a healthy watershed

  • Avoid pesticides. Use native plants and learn about "friendly" insects.
  • Conserve water in your home and yard.
  • Enrich your garden with compost rather than chemical fertilizer.
  • Sweep your sidewalks and driveway instead of hosing them down.
  • Fix oil leaks. Recycle used motor oil. Drive less.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • Properly dispose of pet waste. Fence larger animals away from streams.
  • Plant a tree. Build a rain garden. These actions help control and clean water runoff.

Interested in becoming a Cedar River volunteer?

Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River! Volunteers receive training from fish and watershed experts in September, then spend three weekend days in October talking with visitors at salmon viewing locations along the river in Renton and Maple Valley.

For information about registering to become a volunteer naturalist please email
or call (206) 792-5851.

The Cedar River Salmon Journey is co-sponsored by the following partners:
King County Flood Control District
Seattle Public Utilities
The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed)
The City of Renton
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District