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.

Cedar River, Renton & Maple Valley

Venture out to the Cedar River in Renton and Maple Valley where experienced naturalists will be on hand to explain everything you need to know about the salmon’s migration back home. These salmon complete an epic journey by traveling through the Ballard Locks, swimming through Lake Washington and up the Cedar River to spawn.

Bonus: Find volunteers stationed at four locations along the river, including the Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park and Dam on Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2017 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. To learn more, call 206-792-5851 or visit the Seattle Aquarium’s website.

Cedar River Park
1717 S.E. Maple Valley Hwy.
Renton, Wa 98055

Renton Library
100 Mill Ave. S.
Renton, Wa 98057

Cavanaugh Pond
17410 S.E. Maple Valley Rd.
Renton, Wa 98058

Landsburg Park and Dam
S.E. 252nd Pl. & Landsburg Rd. S.E.
Renton, Wa 98051

photo: Cedar River Salmon Journey 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