FOLLOWUP: More salmon show up in Fauntleroy Creek, and another chance to try to see them

As of this morning, the sudden surge of spawning salmon into Fauntleroy Creek has brought this fall’s total to 87. The last 11-foot-plus high tide for a while is at 3 pm today, so this might be your last chance for a look – Judy Pickens of the Fauntleroy Watershed Council says instructions are the same as yesterday, at or after 2 pm:

If you want to take a chance on seeing spawners, come to the fish-ladder viewpoint (SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW, overlooking the ferry terminal). Catch the attention of a salmon watcher below and you’ll be invited down to the creek. Children must come with a parent, and dogs must be on leash. You may stay as long as the watcher does.

In case you don’t see them or can’t go look, here’s video by Tom Trulin (who also took the top photo):

Last year, volunteer watchers only counted two entering the creek; the last big year was 2012, when 274 were counted, but other recent years have brought smaller showings, especially 2015, when none were seen. The creek’s mouth is on private property near the Fauntleroy ferry dock, and it’s undergrounded through a culvert beneath Fauntleroy Way, daylighting beneath the overlook mentioned above. The Fauntleroy Watershed Council stewards the creek – we reported on the group’s 20th anniversary, and its hopes for more community involvement, in September.

12 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: More salmon show up in Fauntleroy Creek, and another chance to try to see them"

  • ACG November 17, 2021 (12:23 pm)

    I was there yesterday and it was incredible. You can see the salmon up close and watch them jump up the fish ladder. Parents, it’s a pretty cool thing to show your kids (because you can get the kids close enough to see the salmon). Shoot, it’s pretty cool for adults to see, too!  Please be respectful- the salmon ladder and this section of the creek is on private property- and the property owners are such gracious stewards to maintain the creek for the salmon to return (and to let the general public come walk in their yard  this afternoon to see the fish!).  

  • Vanessa November 17, 2021 (12:34 pm)

    Such a beautiful sight, nature happening right before our eyes, regardless of how we treat Earth.Live long, spawn and die. Thank you for helping take care of our Salmon.

  • Judy November 17, 2021 (12:52 pm)

    Thanks for your great interest, especially for bringing children. And thanks for your kind remarks. We’ve been stewarding this creek since 1989 and have welcomed thousands of people down our driveway to explore and learn. We appreciate how caring of the habitat everyone has been.

    • Ly November 17, 2021 (6:22 pm)

      HI JudyMy kid would love to see this. Are there hours someone will be posted there where we can come by? Thank you!

    • Mike November 18, 2021 (3:33 pm)

      Thanks so much Judy for allowing access to this magical sanctuary. My wife and I just visited and counted 10 spawning salmon. Never knew till today that this local gem existed.  

  • Buddy November 17, 2021 (12:54 pm)

    WSB should include in their story that it’s on private property instead of just assuming that everyone who reads about it knows that  because it would be extremely helpful for people who are not familiar with the area or new to the community.

    • Westwood November 17, 2021 (5:29 pm)

      It is included in the story. 

  • Ly November 17, 2021 (2:01 pm)

    How long will the watchers be present there today?

  • Rick November 17, 2021 (2:02 pm)

    As a girlfriend used to say “A real National Geographic moment!”

  • Joe Z November 17, 2021 (2:57 pm)

    There are a number of Salmon in Longfellow creek today, you can see some from the bridge next to the WS health club. 

  • Importance of rain November 18, 2021 (9:14 am)

    Wow, amazing, good news! Thank you for the photos and coverage. I bet the watchers are overjoyed, with you in spirit.

  • Phil November 19, 2021 (8:17 am)

    You are a force of nature Judy just like these amazing salmon that have worked and endured for several years to return and spawn to continue the circle of life.

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