“You cannot step into the same river twice…”– Heraclitus

Welcome to the Salmonwatchers volunteer page. Through the salmonwatching program we are trying to answer the following questions about salmon and trout in our streams: what types of salmon and trout are present in our streams and where (Sit Spots)? how do numbers of spawning salmon compare from year to year in Shinglemill and Judd Creeks (Reach walks)? How far up our creeks do salmon go (Furthest limit checkpoints)? Below you can read this season’s vital statistics and download salmonwatcher information and datasheets. Have fun out there, be safe, and thanks to all of you volunteering your time on the creeks!

SALMON TALLY 2017: 204

as compared to salmon tally 2016: 205

Creeks where salmon have been seen this season: Judd, Shinglemill, Fisher

(Click here to access a table with all creeks and a breakdown by species of salmon as well as archives of previous years’ data)

Creek with the most salmon seen so far: Shinglemill Creek

First salmon observed by: Peter Cummings

Most salmon in a day: 12

Number of confirmed redds: 35

updated: January 8, 2018

Information for Salmon Watchers:

Volunteer Consent Form: if you have not come to a training and signed the sign-in sheet, BEFORE you start watching salmon please fill out this Consent Form and Assumption of Risk and return it to: 23509 Landers Rd SW Vashon, WA 98070 or email a scanned copy to:

Kelly Keenan is our Salmonwatch coordinator. Please email her with any questions:

Help with salmon identification: Salmonwatcher training slideshow

For more help with salmon identification visit: King County’s Fish identification page

Salmonwatcher Data Entry Portal

You must be a trained Vashon Nature Center Salmonwatcher to enter data here. Salmonwatchers please click the appropriate link below to enter your data after each visit. Remember to have your site or reach ID ready.

SIT SPOT DATA ENTRY PORTAL : Sit spots are stationary spots on a stream where you sit for 15 minutes twice a week.

REACH WALK DATA ENTRY PORTAL : Reach walks are only open to seasoned salmonwatchers who have completed at least two seasons of salmonwatching. These are stretches of stream that are walked once a week.

Salmonwatcher protocols (Sit Spots , Reaches, Furthest Limit Spots)

If you have forgotten your ID you can look it up here: Salmonwatcher map of spots and reaches

Photos and Videos

Click on the photo below to see a regularly updated album from our Salmonwatchers in the field!

Coho salmon entering Shinglemill Creek. photo by: Cece Reoux

Coho salmon entering Shinglemill Creek. photo by: Cece Reoux

A great compilation video of salmon migrating Judd Creek by Peter Cummings.

Check out this salmon spawning video by Kelly Keenan taken in Judd Creek in 2014.

Video spawning salmon in lower Judd Creek  farthest recorded downstream location for spawning coho by Bianca Perla.

Chum salmon in a pool on lower Judd 2015. Video by Peter Cummings.

Chum salmon spawning behavior lower Judd 2015 by Peter Cummings.

 To read previous reports on Vashon Salmon visit our Research page

Kelly Keenan is our Salmonwatcher coordinator. To report fish sightings or sign up for salmonwatching email:

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance contact Kelly above or Vashon Nature Center: 206-755-5798.

Thank you for participating!

featured photo by: Kelly Keenan