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Click here to download a self-guide Salmon Run Loop Tour map. 
Perhaps more than any other creature, salmon help define the Northwest. From a legacy in Native American culture, to a role in the development of the Washington Territory, these marvelous fish have served as a vital link for Northwest residents.

Make plans to witness the amazing migration of salmon coming home to their native spawning grounds.

There are locations all around the Kitsap Peninsula for viewing. Sites are accessible by foot, bike and auto.
Chico Creek in Central Kitsap County is the most productive salmon stream in the West Sound and can be viewed from the Kitsap Golf & Country Club. To observe salmon spawning in the wild is to watch the wondrous beginning of life as well as the final stages of death for a creature turned to the cycles of nature.

The Kitsap Sun has created an excellent interactive map of many of the salmon viewing areas around the Kitsap Peninsula region. For more information about our local salmon runs, read the Kitsap Sun article by environmental reporter, Chris Dunagun.

The salmon migration is a great time to plan a weekend getaway to the Natural Side of Puget Sound! Click here for Lodging ideas.  For a truly Kitsap Peninsula experience, take a magical guided kayak salmon migration tour. Tours are available through Olympic Outdoor Center located in Port Gamble. 

Here are some tips for watching the salmon migration:

  • Approach a stream slowly and stand quietly at the edge, If you move quickly, salmon may assume you are a predator.
  • Look for a "tail out" pool, where gravel is about an inch in diameter.
  • Observe femles scooping out a depression in the gravel while one or more larger males fight for position.
  • Wear polarized sunglasses to cut down on glare.
  • Stay out of the stream to avoid damaging salmon eggs.
  • Maintain control of pets, which have been known to kill spawning salmon.
  • Be respectful of private property by staying next to roads or on public property.
  • Stay on trails where they exist. Never trample streamside vegetation.
  • Don't mourn for dead salmon or worry about carcasses in the stream. Decaying salmon release nutrients that become a critical part of the food chain.

Have fun and enjoy the Natural Side of Puget Sound...the Kitsap Peninsula!



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Poulsbo

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City of Poulsbo Parks & Recreation
PO BOX 98
Poulsbo, WA 98370
360.779.9898
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A wealth of trails, parks, and recreational programs are available in the City of Poulsbo, North Kitsap County. Sign up for swimming, summer camps, sports, and classes for children and adults. Register your child for preschool or sign up for a senior excursion.
Silverdale

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Clear Creek Saq'ad Interpretive Center
9641 Levin RD
Off Bucklin Hill Rd and Levin RD
Silverdale, WA 98383
360.692.0929
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The Clear Creek Interpretive Center, located off Bucklin Hill Road and Levin Road in Silverdale, hosts educational and cultural programs. For young children and families make a date for Discovery Play Days in the spring and summer. Naturalists lead guided walks along Clear Creek Trail, through nearshore, estuary, wetland, and woodland habitats. The "big red barn" also features exhibits, occasional speakers, and special events. Don't miss their "Salmon Art Contest" each fall.
Silverdale

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Clear Creek Trail
Five miles of scenic trail winds through Silverdale's urban areas along Clear Creek. Salmon are visible during spawning season and the area is great for bird watching or just getting away from it all!
Belfair

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Coulter Creek Hatchery
E 41 Coulter Creek RD
Belfair, WA 98528
360.275.5712
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Salmon Hatchery.
Poulsbo
Suquamish

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Cowling Creek Property
360.373.3500
Take a Walk at Cowling Creek - a beautiful 18 acre area above Miller Bay. Walk the land and find out for yourself why Cowling Creek is so special. Call for information. Periodically, guided tours are organized through Great Peninsula Conservancy, our regional land trust.
Gig Harbor

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Destiny Harbor Tours
4430 Holly Ln. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
253.225.6306
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Welcome, I'm Captain Tom. We operate harbor tours, sightseeing and private charters and memorials in Gig Harbor and Tacoma. Our open boats give an up-close look at the scenery, wildlife and history of Puget Sound! On all our tours you will enjoy spanning views of the Sound with islands, mountains and a great chance to see bald eagles, seals, sea lions, sea hawks (osprey) and more. A Destiny Harbor Tour brings you Up-Close and Personal with Puget Sound, Bring Your Camera! For more information see destinyharbortours.com !
All Kitsap Peninsula

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Great Peninsula Conservancy
3721 Kitsap Way Ste 5
Bremerton, WA 98312-2461
360.373.3500
866.373.3504
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A nonprofit land trust working to protect the rural landscapes, natual habitats and open spaces of Kitsap, Mason, and western Pierce Counties. Check their website for an extensive outdoor activity program.
Indianola
Kingston
Poulsbo
Suquamish

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Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery
23175 Indianola RD NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
360.394.8531
360.598.3142
Fish Hatchery operated by the Suquamish Tribe.
Gig Harbor

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Hupp Springs Hatchery
13827 - 124th AVE CT NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98329
253.857.5011
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Salmon Hatchery.
Little Boston

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Little Boston Hatchery
31974 Little Boston RD NE
Kingston, WA 98346
The Little Boston Hatchery fall chum salmon hatchery is located at the mouth of Little Boston Creek on Port Gamble Bay and is operated by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.
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