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Kokanee Salmon Run in Utah

(Last Updated On: September 10, 2019)
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 21, 2019, 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. Even if you don’t 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

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. 

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. There will be a salmon viewing event on September 14, 2019 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. 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.

This year there will be a viewing event at Electric Lake on Sept. 21 from 10 am to 2 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.

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 reservoir and park in the parking lot right before the church camp sign. 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. 


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