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Cedar River Salmon Journey

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Salmon are the vehicle through which we tell the story of clean water and healthy habitat.

Each summer and fall, you can join volunteer naturalists at the Chittenden Locks and five sites along the Cedar River to see salmon. Join us for this fun, free, and family friendly program!

 Thank You for Attending Cedar River Salmon Journey in 2013


Cedar River Salmon Journey Has Ended... But We'll Be Back This Summer and Fall!

Learn about the epic journey that takes place every year as salmon swim from the ocean, through the Chittenden Locks, through Lake Washington, and up the Cedar River to spawn. The Cedar River hosts Chinook, sockeye and coho salmon among other fish species. Cedar River Chinook and Puget Sound Steelhead are currently listed as threatened species.

Things you can do to help salmon and the river thrive:

Chittenden (Ballard) Locks

Sockeye, chinook, and coho salmon, as well as steelhead, migrate through the ship canal back to Lake Washington and its tributaries. July through September are the best months to view adult salmon in the fish ladder.

Renton Library

At the Renton Library, stand directly above the salmon, and see many human changes to the Cedar River. The Cedar River’s flow was diverted from the Duwamish River to Lake Washington in 1912.

Cedar River Park

At Cedar River Park, see where some sockeye are removed for the hatchery at Landsburg. You may see Chinook and coho here too, as they pass through the weir to spawn upstream.

Riverview Park

When you stand on the bridge, the armored banks of the river are visible.  Watch salmon as they stop to rest or spawn near the bridge. You may even see a female Chinook guarding her redd!

Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area

At Cavanaugh Pond, take a 30 minute tour past wildlife viewing areas and habitat restoration project areas. Shortly after gravel mining ended in the mid-1970s, the Cedar River seeped through the levee and combined with groundwater to create Cavanaugh Pond. The gravel bottom of the pond provides excellent spawning grounds for salmon!

Landsburg Park and Dam

At Landsburg, take a 45 minute tour up to the Diversion Dam where you will learn about the greater Seattle area’s water supply and see how some salmon are allowed to pass into the closed boundaries of the watershed. Landbsurg Park also has viewing platforms where you can observe salmon spawning.

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Charlotte Spang - Program Manager


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