Living Green Olympia: Tumwater Falls Park & Some Splish Splashing Salmon

Tumwater Falls Park & Some Splish Splashing Salmon

Tumwater Falls Park, Tumwater WA, this time of year is a really special place to visit - the path along the river is always beautiful and the waterfall itself is too.  But this time of year you get the added excitement of seeing the salmon that have come up the Deschutes river to spawn.

Tumwater Falls Park, Tumwater WA


It always just boggles my mind that salmon can do this - what a long trek they make from ocean, up through Capitol Lake, then up the Deschutes River.

Tumwater Falls Park, Tumwater WA

The fish ladders assist them up the river - but jumping up the steps of the ladder is no piece of cake either!  Often you can see several salmon swirling around in the water at the foot of the fish ladders, resting up for the effort.

Tumwater Falls Park, Tumwater WA

Once they are funneled through the gate and up the final set of fish ladder steps, they are gathered into these holding tanks of water where they can be counted and the females stripped of eggs.

Salmon in Tumwater WA

Seeing them glide along with only a fin showing makes you think of sharks beneath the surface (cue the "Jaws" music!!) - then splash!  A leap out of the water and the children watching all laugh with delight.  The fish are plenty close enough to splash the onlookers a bit as well!

Salmon in Tumwater WA

Salmon time in Washington!  One of my favorite seasonal treats to go see!  And Tumwater Falls Park is one of the best viewing places in town.



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Comment balloon 2 commentsNancy Conner • October 04 2010 03:08PM


The whole process just boggles my mind, Nancy!  Tumwater Falls seems like the perfect place to take it all in and spend an afternoon exploring.

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Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 10 years ago

Hi Leesa - it really is a beautiful park with trails along both sides of the river, the waterfall, and even a park with some concrete boats that kids love to play on.  And the salmon are just so fascinating!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 10 years ago