Updated Sept. 19, 2018
Unfortunately, we are canceling the Sept. 23 North Creek tour because our salmon haven't made an appearance in the creek yet. Cross your fingers for rain, which helps flush everything downstream. If you can make it, we encourage you to sign up for the Oct. 14 tour if you haven't already.
Want to learn about salmon?
Join local salmon expert Orlay Johnson to look for Sockeye, Kokanee, Coho, and maybe even Chinook salmon swimming up North Creek and building their egg nests, called redds. Learn from Orlay about the fish and the watershed.
Meet at the trail along the North Creek dikes. You can either park near the North Creek Trail in the Vertafore parking lot (11724 NE 195th St), or park at the Northshore YMCA (11811 NE 195th St). If you park at the YMCA, cross NE 195th Street on the mid-block crosswalk, and continue walking between the cottage and business parking lot to reach the trail at the top of the dike. You can walk up the hill or use the stairs to the left in the business parking lot. See a map showing where to park and where to meet.
What to expect and how to prepare
Dress for the weather. Stream visits will happen rain or shine. The group will walk for about two miles on packed gravel or dirt trails after the initial hill to the trail. The path is easy to walk, but there are steps and you do go down to the water, so wear good walking shoes. The path is relatively easy to walk, but it can be slippery, and you may need to be right on the water's edge to see the fish.