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.

Longfellow Creek, West Seattle

This spot in West Seattle is a perfect place for the adventurer with a keen eye. Walk the four-mile pedestrian path along Longfellow Creek (starting from Dragonfly Pavilion) and see coho and chum migrating from October to December. Psst... look under the bridges where fish often hide.

Bonus: Celebrate Longfellow Creek Salmon Community Day on Sat., Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at Greg Davis Park (2600 S.W. Brandon St., Seattle, Wa 98126). This free, family-friendly festival teaches about salmon basics and the migration journey. Enjoy music and activities for all ages.

Longfellow Creek
28th Ave. S.W. & S.W. Dakota St.
Seattle, Wa 98126

photo: Longfellow Creek Natural Trail Facebook page

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