November 24, 2019 - 10:00 am


Witness the migration of chum salmon into Kennedy Creek and experience the wonder of these amazing creatures as they enter the final stage of their lives, spawning. Directions to the trail.

Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail is open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekends, Veteran’s Day and the day after Thanksgiving in November. The Trail opens on November 2 and closes December 1. Volunteer Docents are at the Trail to answer questions and explain the relationship between these iconic species and our beautiful forests.

Salmon and Climate Change

Salmon are being affected by climate change in numerous ways. Weather patterns altered by global climate change are causing dryer springs and falls and wetter summers and winters. The lower snowpack decreases water in rivers during critical spawning seasons for pink, coho and summer chinook. Higher than normal spring rain storms scour eggs from rivers before they emerge from the gravel. Higher water temperatures, lower spawning flows, and, most importantly, increased magnitude of winter peak flows are all likely to increase salmon mortality in the rivers and watersheds throughout the region. Climate changes affects meaningful effects on salmon population dynamics: peak flow during the egg incubation period (October 15–February 15), stream temperature during the prespawning period (August 15–September 15), and minimum flow during the spawning period (September 15–November 15).

The mission of the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG) is to “Protect and restore salmon populations and aquatic habitat with an emphasis on ecosystem function through scientifically informed projects, community education, and volunteer involvement.”

SPSSEG is a local voice for regional salmon recovery. From the highest peak in the Cascades, to the fertile shorelines and estuaries of Puget Sound, we restore salmon habitat with willing landowners. We seek out and partner with other organizations to help plan, fund, carry out, and monitor fishery enhancement and habitat restoration projects. We believe that by collaborating with local communities, schools, and individuals in King, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Mason Counties, we can increase salmon numbers in our rivers and streams.

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