Each winter we look forward to following the endangered coho salmon as they return to Lagunitas Creek to spawn. It is the best chance for people in the Bay Area to more deeply connect with the coho’s iconic life history. Often in awe of their determination and fight, Creekwalk participants are provided an opportunity to learn more about our present day struggle to protect these iconic fish before they disappear!
With the first hard rains, comes the beginning of spawning season for coho salmon. The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), program of Turtle Island Restoration Network, offers Creekwalks to the public that offer changes to see the charismatic fish as they engage in their final act of life. SPAWN Naturalists lead the Creekwalks in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed, home to the largest remaining run of wild coho salmon in central California. Our tours explore many sites throughout the watershed in an effort to teach participants about the ecology of our endangered coho salmon and their ancient connection to our iconic coast redwoods. In addition, we learn about native plants, animals, and anything else we encounter along the way.
Tours will meet at Samuel P. Taylor State Park near the entrance kiosk, at the bathrooms in the picnic area. You will receive a parking pass included with your donation from the Naturalist on site or a Ranger at the main kiosk.
After an introduction we take the group to one of many sites throughout the State Park and the larger watershed. These different legs of the tour are a combination of short walks or drives to the most ideal viewing sites. While we will be standing in search of salmon for most of the tour, the combined distance walking at different sites is no more than 1-2 miles. Please check with your leader when you arrive if you have any detailed questions about the sites we are visiting for that day. The walks occur rain or shine, as rainy days can often be some of the best viewing opportunities. Please dress in warm layers, as it can be cold in the redwoods. We also recommend bringing waterproof jackets or an umbrella, hiking boots, and snacks.