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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 30, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Three festival honoring returning salmon happening this and next weekend

There are plenty of ways to take in the views of returning salmon all across Washington.

One of the best and biggest celebrations is The Issaquah Salmon Days on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, in downtown Issaquah.

Visitors can come see salmon at the hatchery, while taking in the festivities such as food, educational displays, entertainment, kids rides and activities and many other attractions. For details, visit the Issaquah Salmon Days website.

There are two other festival in Eastern Washington worth heading to over the weekend.

The award-winning Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

The festival includes opportunities for all ages to learn about and enjoy a variety of wildlife and natural resources. Fun runs for “small fry” (kids under six years of age), “smolts” (kids 7 to 13 years), and “adults” (14 and older) are scheduled. For details, visit the Salmonfest website.

The first annual Methow Salmon Celebration is Sunday, Oct. 9 to honor salmon restoration efforts in the Methow Valley.

The free event runs from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Twisp, includes science displays, art activities, live music and a Bar-B-Que.

State Fish and Wildlife is a partner in the celebration, sponsored by TwispWorks. For details, visit the Methow Salmon Celebration website.

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