As students return to their classrooms this fall, the Pacific Salmon return to our region’s rivers and streams—embarking on an arduous journey to spawn and complete their lifestyle. And you can catch a glimpse of these majestic water warriors and their extraordinary voyage home at locations all around the Seattle area. Click through the gallery for a roundup of the best places to take your small fries to view the spectacular salmon, plus special events that celebrate their fall homecoming.

Bear Creek, Redmond

Take a walk up the R.O.S.E. (Redmond Organization of Shared Environments) trail created and maintained by the Lake Washington Environmental and Adventure School to greet the swimming salmon in Bear Creek. Wander the self-guided trail, located behind Redmond’s new KIS (Keep It Simple) Farm or call to schedule a docent-led tour. The 3/8 mile trail is open daily during business hours or by appointment. The salmon are most prevalent from late September through late October.

Bonus: After you’re done spotting salmon, visit the KIS Farm, a small family business that has evolved over the past decade into a multifaceted organization that offers unique biological, organic and mineral amendments for gardeners. The Redmond location is a combination edible nursery, production greenhouse, outdoor preschool, organic hydro shop, feed store and more.

KIS Farm on Bear Creek, Redmond
12526 Avondale Rd. NE
Redmond, Wa 98052
Online: govlink.org/watersheds/8/action/salmon-seeson/rose.aspx

photo: Puget Sound Starts Here Facebook page

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Salmon Watching Tips:
1. Spawning marks the end of the line for the Pacific salmon and there’s a chance you and your brood might come across fish carcasses while visiting the rivers. Be sure to keep curious kiddos from disturbing their bodies, as they serve a valuable purpose for our environment.

2. Everyone knows that kids attract mud, water and dirt, so plan ahead and bring extra clothes. Make sure the minis also wear boots or shoes that can be easily cleaned.

3. Get up close and personal! Bring binoculars if you have them.

Have you taken your crew salmon spotting before? Where is your favorite place? Tell us in the comments below!

— Abbey McGee & Rachael Brandon