Category Archives: Salmon Programs

Salmon celebration 2019

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 11/24 from 11am until 2pm, all ages are invited to Carkeek Park for activities to welcome the salmon home. Celebrate with food (donuts, coffee, cider, and mandarin oranges), music, an appearance by Bert the Salmon, Salmon Jeopardy, a kid-friendly salmon scavenger hunt through the park, a salmon dissection and other information tables. Volunteer Salmon Stewards and CWCAP volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

47th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

The Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project invites you to join us in celebration of World Water Day by helping collect Water Samples in our park!

When: Saturday October 19th                  Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Work with other volunteers to collect water samples at multiple sites throughout the park. After a brief tutorial, each team will be sent to a collection site to obtain a sample. After the sample has been obtained, we will perform water temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen tests with the kits that are provided. This is a great opportunity to interact with your local community and be an important part of the success of our beautiful park. It’s also an opportunity to see the start of the salmon returning to our creek.

Ages 8-Adult are welcome to participate in this event. It’s a great way to spend a couple hours with your family and friends and learn more about the importance of the water we all depend on. 

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1st Salmon Fry Release of 2019

This sign lets Park visitors know that the Imprint Pond is open.

The first batch of Chum salmon fry will be released into Venema Creek on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM! Look for the sign at the bottom of the hill as you enter the park directing you to the imprint pond.

Salmon Imprint volunteers have been feeding the 30,000 fry we received from the Suquamish Tribe hatchery at Grover Creek 3 time a day, 7 days a week for 37 days to prepare them for release.

Visit the CWCAP website for more information.

Carkeek Park Salmon Imprint Stewards recognized by Seattle Parkways

Carkeek Park Salmon Imprint Stewards were featured in Seattle Parkways. 

They took special note of the impressive accomplishment this year illustrated by the numbers below:

Total deliveries: 104,115 Chum salmon eggs and fry
Total releases: 98,501 imprinted Chum salmon fry
Total volunteer hours from Daily Logbook: 600 (599.34)
Total visitors from January 7 to May 12: 3041 (58 group visits + random park visitors)

The Second and Final Salmon Fry Release is May 12th

The Second and Final Salmon Fry Release is May 12th at 7:45pm. Join us for the release of approximately 38,000 chum salmon fry. this batch includes 35,000 raised at the imprint pond and another 3000 fry raised by 25 local schools. For more information go to

Until the release, feel free to come on down to the imprint pond to see the fry. If you arrive while a steward is present, you can even feed the fry. Stewards feed the fry in the morning around 8 or 9am, in the middle of the day around noon, and in the evening around 5pm. Note that all of the stewards are volunteers and what time they feed the fry is variable. So look for the white sandwich board sign at the bottom of the hill where Venema Creek flows under the road as you drive into the park.