Welcome back chums! Celebrate their return at McLane Creek this Sunday


McLane Creek Elementtary School 4th graders at McLane Creek viewing platform
The new viewing platform at McLane Creek gives classrooms and the public a great view of spawning chum salmon. Photo: Becky Hahn, 4th grade teacher, McLane Creek Elementary

On Sunday, November 20, celebrate one of the sure signs of fall in the South Sound: the return of the chum salmon to McLane Creek.

DNR and the Thurston County Stream Team are co-hosing an event celebrating the return of Oncorhynchus keta from noon to 2 p.m. at  McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia.

Each year, thousands of chum salmon make the long journey home from the ocean to McLane Creek to spawn. The newly completed viewing platform gives you a commanding view of the creek and the action.

Stream Team salmon stewards will give guided tours and offer hands-on learning activities. Hot cider and snacks will also be provided.

The celebration will take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Parking is limited at the Nature Trail parking lot; plan on carpooling if you can.

McLane Creek Nature Trail is part of Capitol State Forest, managed by DNR. You will need a Discover Pass for your vehicle if you drive to the event.

For more information, contact Ann Marie Finan, Thurston County Stream Team, at 360-754-3355, ext. 6857 or visit www.streamteam.info. (You’ll find directions here, too.)

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