Salmon Celebration

Sat 09/28/2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

McKenzie Track


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The Salmon Watch Lane County, McKenzie Watershed Council, and McKenzie River Trust celebrate the return of the salmon to our Northwest rivers at the annual Salmon Celebration. This salmon-focused event featured hands-on education, art, and entertainment for all ages.

In addition to salmon, the McKenzie River watershed provides sustenance for other fish, wildlife and plant species. We depend on these same waters to provide electricity for our homes, irrigation for our crops, fish for anglers and guide businesses, and a place for our families to play, picnic, camp, and hike. This event provided a variety of hands-on activities that give attendees the opportunity to discover and appreciate the complex river ecosystem and the significance of salmon to the people of the Northwest.

For over 20 years, students in Lane County have participated in Salmon Watch field trips, and we are excited to invite the community to participate in those same experiences at the Salmon Celebration. Volunteer educators will provide hands-on learning opportunities on topics including macroinvertebrate identification, water quality, riparian ecology, and the significance of salmon as a cultural icon of the Pacific Northwest.

Salmon Celebration is family-friendly, open to the public, and admission is free.

For more information, please visit or contact the Council office at 458-201-8150


Chinook salmon at Finn Rock Reach - photo by Tim Giraudier, Beautiful Oregon
As integral to the river as water itself, the spring chinook salmon -- threatened and dwindling in number -- are a harbinger of the health of the McKenzie, and in turn, our own. Photo by Tim Giraudier - Beautiful Oregon.