Here, in the Northwest, we have a special relationship with salmon. It’s on the state quarter, darn near every single restaurant menu, and bringing our local streams and estuaries to life when they return every year to spawn. Which is why a place like The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is so, very, important.
PlaceFull is proud to partner with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) in one of our first “Private Label” partnerships. Visitors to the FISH website can now rent the conference room for meetings, book birthday parties, sign up for summer camps, even buy memberships for you and your family!
The Issaquah Hatchery was constructed in 1936 as a federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) venture, created to restore the historic salmon runs that once thrived in Issaquah Creek but had been destroyed by logging, coal mining and other activities in the Issaquah Creek Basin. Today, the hatchery welcomes upwards of 35,000 salmon each year as they make their way up Issaquah Creek and that’s only the number actually counted! There are THOUSANDS more that spawn naturally in the creek or pass over the Hatchery’s barriers!
Every year the hatchery, which is owned and operated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), serves as the hub for Issaquah Salmon Days, a festival presented by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce to honor the annual return of the salmon. The annual Salmon Days Festival began in 1970 and draws an estimated 150,000 visitors to the city to celebrate the species with which Issaquah is so closely identified.
Buy your membership today and support the important work of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery!