Category Archives: Salmon Programs

The Salmon have returned to Piper’s Creek

This male Chum salmon returned to its home waters in Venema Creek. Salmon return to their home waters to spawn, needing 2 things: a mate and suitable habitat for spawning; Photo by Matt Kuhar, CWCAP Naturalist, Nov 12, 2016

The salmon are in Carkeek Park!  Come down to the park and check them out!

The first salmon this fall was spotted on Oct 19th by Rick Henry in Piper’s Creek. Look for increasing numbers of live salmon through November with fish still in the creek through the first week or two of December.

Remember, please stay on the trails and use the viewing areas to watch for salmon.  Keep all of your dogs leashed and out of the creeks and away from the creek banks.

Here are some of the activities you might want to know about:

Salmon Stewards
Each Saturday & Sunday in November (plus the Friday after Thanksgiving) and the 1st weekend in December, 11am—2pm
Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards are a community of local volunteers trained to welcome, engage, educate, and inspire park visitors drawn by the annual Piper’s Creek salmon run. Check out the Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards Facebook page.

Salmon Spawning Survey
Each Saturday in November until the end of the salmon run in December
CWCAP volunteers collect data about deceased salmon to determine their numbers and spawning success. This annual survey follows the story of these fish after they are released from the Les Malmgren Imprint Pond 3-5 years earlier.

Carkeek Park Salmon Celebration, Saturday, November 19th, 11am-2pm, hosted by SPU‘s Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards.  All ages are invited to come on down to Carkeek Park to view the salmon, join in some activities and enjoy a hot beverage and donuts. Volunteer Salmon Stewards will be on hand to show you where the fish are and a lot about their life cycle, habitat, and how well they are doing in this amazing Seattle urban creek. There will be music, a kid-friendly scavenger hunt, a fish dissection, and representatives from several organizations that care about the salmon in our park including – Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Tilth Alliance, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, and Indigenous STEAM.

The 3rd and final batch of Chum salmon fry

The 3rd and final batch of Chum salmon fry will be released into Venema Creek on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM!  This is our final release of the 2017 Imprint Season.

This final release is of fry from the Salmon in the Schools program.  29 Seattle public and private schools have delivered their fish, hatched from eggs and raised for 3 months, to the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond.  CWCAP volunteers have been feeding and imprinting them 3 time a day, 7 days a week to prepare them for release.

Visit the CWCAP Release schedule page for more information

2nd Salmon Fry Release of 2017 is at 6:45pm on Saturday, March 25th

We will be releasing our second batch of Chum salmon fry at about 6:45pm on Saturday, March 25th. We have 32,000+ fry that have been learning the chemical profile of Venema Creek (imprinting) so that in three to five years they will return in the fall to spawn here in Carkeek Park.

Two dozen volunteer salmon imprint stewards have been caring for the fry and greeting visitors to the imprint pond for the last three weeks.

Please come down to join us as we send our second batch of wards on their journey to Puget Sounds and up to Alaska.

Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!

You can also read about the release at and find links to more details about the salmon programs in Carkeek Park.

Feed 35,000 salmon at Carkeek Park!

Watch for "Feeding Salmon Fry" sign.

JOIN US! Look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the parking lot at the first crosswalk, 3 times a day, every day, February through April.

On Monday, January 30th, the Suquamish Tribe’s Fisheries truck brought 35,000 Chum salmon fry to the Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park. Fish are being fed 3 times a day, 7 days a week.

While the fish are here, they eventually become imprinted with the mineral and chemical memory or smell of the park’s Piper’s Creek Watershed. This process ensures that they have the best chance of returning to their new home waters in 3-5 years as spawning adults.

This batch of fish is just the 1st of 3 batches that will be delivered and then eventually released into Venema Creek by CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards. So beginning now, look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the 1st lower parking lot as you come down into the park (see photo).

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2017 salmon imprinting season starts with 30,216 eyed salmon eggs!

Simple, profound, and full of wonder; photo by Matt Kuhar, January 5, 2016
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Carkeek Park now has 30, 216 salmon eggs at the Imprint Pond from the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for eventual release into the Piper’s Creek Watershed. But that’s not all!

Did you know that CWCAP raises 20-30,000 salmon eggs every Spring at Carkeek Park?  And there’s more: We also get 2 batches of 35,000 salmon fry (beginning at the end of January this year) and a third batch of Salmon in the Schools fish from local schools each year.

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