Kitsap Salmon Tours
Saturday November 9, 2019 11am-3pm
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the kickoff of salmon returning to Kitsap streams at these FREE events! We invite you to visit one or more of the event sites below to learn about our local salmon populations and search for them in the streams. Salmon may be found at these sites throughout their migration period, so feel free to visit on your own before or after this Nov. 9th event to see what you can find!
It may be raining, but we’ll be there rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable waterproof shoes, and exercise caution when parking and/or crossing roads. Some sites involve a hike to the stream (especially the Rhododendron Preserve).
You’re also welcome to view salmon in Kitsap streams on your own, or join additional viewing opportunities with knowledgeable guides at the following locations/dates:
- Jarstad Park (Gorst): Nov. 13th, 10am-12pm
- Salmon Haven (Bremerton): Nov. 17th, 11am-1pm
- Poulsbo’s Fish Park (Poulsbo): Nov. 13th, 11am-12pm and Nov. 14th, 12pm-1pm
Check out Salmon Tours in the Kitsap Sun Bremerton Beat Blast!
RSVP and share with friends using this year’s Facebook event page!
Erlands Point Preserve SITE INFO
East of the corner of Chico Way NW and Erlands Point Rd. NW, Bremerton
Activities will be available for all ages and include informational booths about salmon, the salmon life cycle, and healthy fish habitat as well as refreshments.
New Update! Recent beaver activity has flooded salmon viewing areas at this site. In lieu of salmon viewing, guided beaver and native plant walks will be offered in addition to the family-friendly activities this year. Trained salmon docents will be on-site at other event locations on Chico Creek.
Keta Legacy Foundation Rhododendron Preserve SITE INFO
2401 Seabeck Highway, Bremerton
Walking tours held at 11am and 1:30pm (*space is limited)
Biologists will guide hikes down to the Creek. Walking tours are available at 11am and 1:30 pm and are first come first served. Join a tour to learn about the salmon life cycle and hopefully catch a glimpse of a salmon plowing through the creek. The hike is through a rare old growth forest preserve, over rough and steep terrain (1.5 mile round-trip). After the tour, warm up by the cozy fire in the historic Kitsap Cabin and enjoy refreshments. Come witness these special displays of nature. Domestic pets like dogs are not allowed in the preserve.
4270 Kittyhawk Dr. NW, Bremerton
Come see the results of restoration work on the lower reaches of Chico Creek. A new trail allows people to reach the delta, a popular fishing spot during salmon runs. Walk the trail to view returning salmon and talk with experts from the Great Peninsula Conservancy and Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife about this restoration project.
Salmon Haven at Dickerson Creek SITE INFO
Northlake Way NW and Taylor Road, Bremerton
At this site where Dickerson Creek branches off from Chico Creek you can watch salmon choose their stream based on where they were born. A picnic shelter lets you enjoy the stream restoration completed in 2016, rain or shine.
4230 W Belfair Valley Rd., Gorst
Join the City of Bremerton to learn about stormwater pollution prevention and gain insight into how the Gorst Creek Restoration Project was planned and implemented. The Kitsap Poggie Club will help you find the best salmon viewing opportunities, teach about fish anatomy, lead an interactive salmon adventure, offer fly tying demonstrations and discuss salmon stewardship. This location is wheelchair accessible.
Clear Creek Trail Ridgetop Pavilion SITE INFO
9228 Ridgetop Blvd., Silverdale
Since the Clear Creek Task Force built their first trail in 1994, their mission was to preserve the creek and educate the community about healthy salmon habitat. With the Bucklin Hill Bridge 240 ft. span replacing two 72” culverts, salmon no longer have to wait for high tide to swim upstream to spawn.
Activities at the Ridgetop picnic pavilion include storytime with Silverdale Librarian Aleah Jurnecki, citizen scientists can talk with experts on macroinvertebrate identification and learn about the results of the five- year water quality monitoring of Clear Creek. Salmon Docents are on hand to share information on the various types of salmon in Kitsap, the salmon life cycle, and healthy fish habitat.
20325 Miller Bay Road, Poulsbo
Join the Suquamish tribe and Friends of Miller Bay to learn about the importance of salmon to the Suquamish people, the role habitat plays in salmon survival, and what we can do to protect and restore habitat for these animals.
Poulsbo’s Fish Park SITE INFO
288 NW Lindvig Way, Poulsbo
Activities will be available for all ages and include informational booths, arts & crafts, and salmon-viewing in the stream. Salmon Docents and volunteers will talk about the various types of salmon in Kitsap, the salmon life cycle, and healthy fish habitat.
Please park across the street from Poulsbo’s Fish Park in the Nelson Park or EHL Parking lot and walk down the trail under the Lindvig Bridge. It’s a great walk along the shoreline!
For more information please call 360-779-9898
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