fish ladder annual maintenance schedule
WHEN ARE THE BEST TIMES TO SEE SALMON?
Fish Ladder Viewing Room
Salmon Education Center
Coho (Silver) - Average around 25,000 per year, peak viewing in September.
Three species of Pacific Salmon pass through the Locks during the summer months and travel 40-50 miles upriver to spawn:
Chinook (King) - Average around 15,000 per year, peak viewing in August.
(See daily and annual salmon counts
The fish ladder system is closed, drained, inspected and repaired as needed in mid-May and closed for 2 weeks or longer, check News or call visitor center for status.
Sockeye (Red) - Runs have been declining but remain the largest run. Numbers vary widely, 20,000-100,00+ per year, Peak viewing mid-June to mid-July.
Fish ladder maintenance schedules carefully coordinate with both salmon migration seasons and ship traffic.
The new Salmon Education Center, renovated with public donations, now offers improved seating, & ventilation, plus a videowall and interactive touchscreens to learn about the life cycle of the salmon.