Get cider, information about spawning salmon

November 15, 2013 

Nestled near the base of the Capitol Forest, the McLane Creek Nature Trail offers a hiking path that offers views of chum salmon spawning in McLane Creek.


Visitors to the McClane Creek Nature Trail on Sunday can enjoy some hot cider and snacks while learning about wild chum salmon spawning in the creek. The Thurston County Stream Team is hosting its annual Chum Salmon and Cider Celebration.

Salmon Stewards will be on hand to answer questions, rain or shine. Hands-on family friendly activities will be available in the covered shelter, if the weather permits.

Each fall, usually starting in October, hundreds of adult chum salmon make their way back to the creek to spawn, as well as in its major tributaries, Swift and Perkins creeks. The 1.1-mile loop trail includes a viewing platform along the creek and next to a beaver pond.

The event will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

The celebration is free, but a Discover Pass is required to park at the trailhead because it is on state Department of Natural Resources land. The trail is located off Delphi Road Southwest, southwest of Olympia on the Capitol State Forest.

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