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Cedar River Salmon Journey

Cedar River Salmon Journey

Join the journey of a lifetime. Free and family friendly!

Join volunteer naturalists along the Cedar River to see and learn about salmon. 

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. 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.

Fall dates: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 along the Cedar River, 11am–4pm.

Fall weekends: See spawning salmon at one or all five 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.


New this fall: We are adding additional weekday programming at the Renton Library on the following Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10am–2pm.


Salmon swimming in river
Things you can do to help salmon thrive and create a healthy watershed


  • King County Flood Control District
  • PCC Community Markets
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
  • The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council
  • The City of Renton
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District