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See Kokanee Salmon at Strawberry Reservoir


Those who attend Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day this year can view bright 
      red Kokanee Salmon
Those who attend Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day this year can view bright red Kokanee Salmon
photo by Scott Root, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Sept. 22 is Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day

Heber City -- Bright red kokanee salmon have started to swim up some of the tributaries to Strawberry Reservoir. The salmon make this journey as part of their annual spawning run.

You can see hundreds of these salmon -- and possibly other wildlife, too -- at the annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day.

The viewing event will be held Sept. 22 at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center at Strawberry Reservoir. The visitor center is along U.S. Highway 40, about 20 miles southeast of Heber City.

The event is free. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The DWR and Friends of Strawberry Valley host the viewing event every September amid the valley's beauty and changing fall colors.

Seeing the salmon

When you attend the event on Sept. 22, you'll see some salmon in the Strawberry River next to the visitor center. But if you walk to the fish trap and egg-taking facility behind the visitor center, you'll see hundreds of the bright red fish.

Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will be available at the facility to show you the salmon and talk with you about the peculiar life cycle of the fish.

For more information about the event, call the Uinta National Forest at (435) 654-0470 or Scott Root with the DWR at (801) 491-5656.