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.

Piper’s Creek, North Seattle

You won’t want to miss watching as salmon return from their ocean adventures to Piper’s Creek at Seattle’s Carkeek Park this fall. Trained Salmon Stewards will be available on weekends from November 4 through December 3, 2017 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to answer questions and help you spot those flippers and floppers.

Bonus: Have a blast at the all-ages Welcome Home Salmon Party on Sun., Nov. 19, 2017. Your whole squad can enjoy hot drinks, food, music and special activities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Piper’s Creek at Carkeek Park
950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd.
Seattle, Wa 98177
Online: govlink.org/watersheds/8/action/salmon-seeson/pipers.aspx

photo: Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards 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