This salmon viewing opportunity is located at Mile 4 of the Portage Highway. Look for a paved lot on south side of road and a Salmon Viewing sign. The viewing platform is handicap accessible and overlooks Williwaw Creek. Spawning sockeye, chum, and coho salmon arrive in late-July and remain throughout early fall with the best viewing in mid to late-August. In addition to salmon, you may see a variety of local songbirds, bald eagles, and black and brown bears. Also, there is a 0.5 mile streamside nature trail with additional viewing opportunities and interpretive signs.
The stream can be clear and usually provides good picture taking. Be sure to use a polarized filter on your camera to cut the glare and enhance the green heads and scarlet-red bodies of spawning salmon.
The nearby campground is named for the 130 mph winds that gust through the valley, strong enough to peel asphalt from the parking lot and lift boxcars off their tracks. Notice the trees and shrubs are bare of branches on the side facing the winds.
Paved lot on south side of road - Look for "Salmon Viewing" sign.
Sockeye, chum, pink, and silver salmon.
Early August - Mid September. Best: Mid to Late August.