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Kokanee Salmon Run in Utah

(Last Updated On: September 13, 2018)
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. 

Causey Reservoir

This is probably one of the most popular spots for seeing the salmon. Causey Reservoir is located 11 miles east of Huntsville. In order to see the salmon, you need to hike for 2 miles along the Right Hand Fork of the Ogden River. You can also take a kayak or canoe out to the viewing spot. If you hike, use the Skull Crack trailhead on the south side of the reservoir.

Strawberry Reservoir 

On September 15, from 9 am to 3 pm at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center at Strawberry Reservoir there will be an event where you can see the salmon. If you attend the event, you will be able to see salmon in the Strawberry River right next to the Visitor Center. The fish can be seen at Strawberry Reservoir through early October.

Jordanelle Reservoir

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED due to low numbers of fish in 2018. Also in September, there will be a kokanee salmon viewing event at the Rock Cliff Recreation Area at Jordanelle Reservoir. The red salmon will be making their way up the Provo River.

Sheep Creek

Sheep Creek is a tributary to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. There will be a salmon viewing event on September 15 from 9 am – 2 pm. 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.

This year there will be a viewing event at Electric Lake on Oct. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet at the boat ramp on the north end of the reservoir. You will be directed to the best areas to see the salmon.