Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail Opens this Saturday!

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The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail, located between Olympia and Shelton (here is a map), will be open for visitors on weekends beginning Saturday October 31, through Sunday November 29. This is an excellent opportunity for local South Sound residents to see thousands of chum salmon spawning in a natural environment.

This is the ninth year of the Trail, and we have shown a tremendous amount of growth during the past several years. The Trail is a community asset and each year over 5,000 people visit the Trail to learn more about salmon. This year the Trail will be also highlighted in the 2009 November issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Come check out what all of the hype is about.

The half-mile trail is hosted by the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG) and Mason Conservation District (MCD) and is partially ADA accessible. Volunteer trail guides will be on-site during the weekends to answer any questions. For more general information, call (360) 412-0808 x 2 or go to

The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail is directly supported by SPSSEG and MCD (plus many other partners). Taylor Shellfish owns the Trail property and has committed to a 20-year lease with SPSSEG.

Open to the Public:
Saturdays and Sundays, October 31 to November 29
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holidays Open: Wednesday, November 11 and Friday, November 27
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Salmon Trail is located off Highway 101 halfway between Olympia and Shelton. Southbound from Shelton, turn west on Old Olympic Highway at milepost 356. Northbound from Olympia, turn west on Old Olympic Highway between milepost 358 and 357. Go ¾ mile to a gravel logging road signed “Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail.” Follow the gravel road ½ mile to the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail parking lot.


  1. Lance

    Chum salmon have entered the creek and viewing should pick up with a little more rain.