|The dam from the top. The grate at the bottom right is the fish ladder.|
|They have to swim against this current once they jump up the fish ladder.|
|Then two more little jumps.|
|Finally, calm waters.|
It isn't an easy journey for them, as you can see, a large dam prevents them from getting upstream, and that is where the fish ladder comes in. Off to the left of the dam, a fish ladder was created to allow the salmon to get upstream. They must jump in the fish ladder, yes, through the waterfall, then make their way, against the current, over two more little jumps, and then onto the calm waters of the creek where they will find a spot in the rocks to lay their eggs.
In the mass of fish waiting to get up the ladder there are coho salmon, chinook salmon and some brown trout. No fishing is allowed within this area, but you will see fishermen scattered here and there along other parts of the creek trying to catch a fish or two.
Visiting the creek in the fall to watch the salmon has become a family tradition. It is amazing to sit on the rocks, by the creek, watching this magical journey.
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