Salmon SEEson Returns in King County
Posted on 09/27/2019

In the Pacific Northwest, fall means more than pumpkin spice and football, it means the return of wild Pacific salmon to rivers and creeks throughout our communities. In late summer, salmon begin the long journey from the ocean to their birthplaces in streams and rivers. Salmon, including Chinook, coho, and sockeye return to May Creek and Coal Creek just downstream of Newcastle. About 84 percent of Newcastle drains into May and Coal Creeks. This means, every action we take at home in Newcastle impacts salmon habitat. Always remember, Only Rain Down the Drain!

Newcastle and 27 other nearby cities work together to protect and preserve wild Pacific salmon through the WRIA 8 workgroup. Each fall, WRIA 8 sponsors the Salmon SEEson program which helps community members view salmon in the wild. Some viewing locations are self-guided and some have volunteer naturalists who will answer questions and tell you about the salmon you are viewing. Find all salmon viewing locations here: Volunteer naturalists will be at the Cedar River in Renton beginning on Oct. 5.

To celebrate Salmon SEEson, King County is hosting a photo contest! Share photos of your Salmon SEEson experience for a chance to win a two-night yurt stay at King County’s Tolt Macdonald Park. Just snap a photo of your salmon-viewing adventure and share it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. On Instagram, tag your photo with #SalmonSEEson and @kingcountydnrp. On Twitter tag @kcdnrp. On Facebook – Send a message to King County Water and Land Resources Division. You can also email the photo directly to (Submissions will be featured in a social media post on King County’s social media channels.) Visit to learn more about the photo contest.

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