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Kokanee Salmon Run in Utah

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2020)

The Kokanee Salmon are running in the rivers. We went to see them in the Fall last year and it was truly amazing. Here are some locations and events happening if you’re interested in seeing the bright red salmon. The Kokanee Salmon Run in Utah is a quick event, and only lasts a few weeks, so don’t miss it. You can usually see the salmon from mid to late September.

Also, please don’t touch or catch the fish. This is disruptive to the salmon and their life cycle. Remember to always leave no trace when out adventuring, which means to leave nature alone as if you weren’t there. So look and enjoy, but don’t bother the fish.

Strawberry Reservoir

You can see the salmon in the Strawberry River right next to the Visitor Center just off the US-40. The fish can be seen at Strawberry Reservoir through late September.

Jordanelle Reservoir

The population is still growing at Jordanelle, but you can see them above the Rock Cliff Recreation Area at Jordanelle Reservoir. The red salmon will be making their way up the Provo River, and there are lots of trails to the river for viewing the salmon. Look in the river near the nature center.

Sheep Creek

Sheep Creek is a tributary to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The best spot to see the salmon here is from the Highway 44 bridge over Sheep Creek. Watch for signs along the highway and no matter which direction you are coming from, you’ll see the signs and know where to go.

Electric Creek

Upper Huntington Creek and Boulger Creek are two major tributaries to Electric Lake where kokanee salmon may spawn each year.  Electric Lake is located 54 miles west of Price and 22 miles east of Fairview, along Highway 264 in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Both creeks are highly accessible at the pulloff on the north end of the lake that runs to the boat ramp, and there are lots of pullouts by the road where you can reach the creek.

Porcupine Reservoir

This is where we first saw the Kokanee Salmon when we were spending the weekend up in Logan. Drive to the east side of the Porcupine reservoir and park in the parking lot right before the church camp sign (the gate is usually closed). Then walk down to the Little Bear River (it’s not very far, but it’s a scramble down) and you will spot the salmon. You can see the river from the road. 

Fish Lake

Many of you have mentioned that Fish Lake is a great spot to see the Salmon Run in Utah. We have not been to check this location out yet. The information that we found about seeing them at Fish lake is that the best spot is at Twin Creeks. There is a new boardwalk which provides a great view of the spawning fish and the water is crystal clear. Spawning usually runs from mid-September to late October.

For other locations to see the Kokanee Salmon Run in Utah, check out this post by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

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