Weekend Getaway for Dec. 18


WHAT: Look for chum salmon making their way upstream as they prepare to spawn. For young children, this is a good opportunity to learn about and experience this aspect of salmon migration. The fish are making their way up Chambers Creek from Puget Sound.

WHEN: The park is open daily. There are typically a lot of fish in the creeks this time of year.

WHERE: Kobayashi Park, 6420 Chambers Creek Road W., University Place

GETTING THERE: From Bridgeport Way, turn west onto Chambers Creek Road. Take the first left turn and drive down the hill to the small parking lot.

SIGNAGE: New signs, mounted on the Kobayashi shelter by the Environmental Club at Curtis High School, explain the lifecycle of chum salmon. The funds for these signs were provided by a grant from the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council.

COST: Free.

OF NOTE: Look for schools of salmon as they rest in the slower water below the confluence of Leech and Chambers creeks before the fish determine which one they will swim up to spawn. This small park is a great place to bring the kids on a hot summer day. There are plenty of places where children of all ages can safely get in the water, and have some fun. Picnic tables are available if you bring lunch or snacks.

INFORMATION: cityofup.com/Page64.aspx.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com