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Cedar River Salmon Journey

Cedar River Salmon Journey

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

Get outside this fall, watch salmon spawning and learn about them and the things we can all do to help our local salmon (and orcas too!). The Cedar River hosts a threatened run of Chinook, as well as sockeye and coho salmon, among other fish species. Chinook and sockeye begin entering the river in mid-September, followed by coho in mid-October. October is peak viewing season for sockeye and the best month to spot all three species.

In response to COVID-19, the Cedar River Salmon Journey program has been modified this year. For the health and safety of all participants, all in-person salmon programming at the Ballard Locks, on the Cedar River and at community events has been canceled.

Instead, we invite you to learn more about salmon and the Cedar River on your own—with plenty of help from us:

  1. Find out where you can see salmon—and request a free pair of glasses to help spot them!
    • Follow our self-guided tour of salmon viewing locations along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley area using the map below.
    • Fill out this form to request a free pair of polarized glasses that will help you see salmon in the river.
  2. Download free, family-friendly activities to make the most of a visit to the Cedar River. We can also send them via USPS to anyone who is unable to download and print the files.
    • Learn about salmon and their habitat by playing a salmon bingo game.
    • Record your salmon observations in this field journal.
    • Learn more about salmon in our watershed here.
  3. Join us for a three-part webinar series about salmon and the Cedar River Watershed.
    • Join us Tuesday evenings in October to learn about salmon population trends, challenges they face and the things people are doing to help restore salmon. Anyone with an interest in our local salmon is welcome to attend! See details and register here.
  4. Let us know if you go!
    • Tag us on Instagram and use #cedarriversalmon.
    • Email us a photo of your completed bingo card.
    • Send us your photo by the river or a picture of you taking action for salmon.
    • Remember to wear a mask, practice physical distancing and respect the habitat!
Cedar River actions



  • King County Flood Control District
  • MMS Giving Foundation
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council
  • The City of Renton
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District