Witness the annual phenomenon of the fall chum salmon run at Bayshore Preserve! In past years, the peak salmon run has been the first half of November, so be sure to stop by for a visit. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for real-time updates.
Volunteer salmon docents will be stationed along Johns Creek to help answer your salmon questions. Docents will be at the preserve from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm the first two weekends of November (November 6, 7, 13, and 14) as well as Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11. Look for their bright orange vests. Visitors are encouraged to wear face masks when interacting with volunteer docents.
Spanish-speaking docents will be at the preserve between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 14th.
See salmon in a whole new way with Puget Sound Estuarium’s underwater camera technology! We will use cameras set at multiple locations in the water to live-stream the salmon action to handheld tablets on the shore. Using wi-fi, visitors will be able to sync their phones to the camera to take real-time photos and videos in Johns Creek. See the underwater activity and get a view as if you were actually swimming with the salmon!
Where to see the salmon
Docents will be at the stations indicated by the red numbers. The Johns Creek Trail, the Johns Creek Estuary Trail, and the end of the Lookout Trail are great places to watch the salmon make their way upstream. The bridge that crosses Johns Creek along the Lookout Trail is a great spot!
You can take the trail map with you and learn more about the preserve during your visit using our self-guided interpretive Google Map.
The Main Loop Trail is a mostly flat, dirt and gravel path. Most of this trail was used as a road in the past. The Lookout Trail goes down a small hill towards the bridge crossing Johns Creek, and then uphill on the other side. Johns Creek Trail is a narrow dirt footpath. Johns Creek Estuary Trail is a wide dirt path with a small dip about halfway down. There is a standard portable toilet available for use. Bring your own sanitizer.
The address for Bayshore Preserve is 3800 WA-3, Shelton, WA 98584. Do not turn onto Bayshore Drive. Bayshore Preserve’s parking lot is immediately off Highway 3 across from the Texaco gas station. Google Map
Transit Options: Mason County Transit route 1 and Dial-A-Ride. (Please note, there is not a marked bus stop at Bayshore Preserve, so you will need to communicate to the bus driver where you are going and flag them down for your return trip.)
Important Information About Parking
Parking is free at Bayshore Preserve. The preserve parking lot has limited parking. It can get very full this time of the year with visitors and people fishing at the Fishing Point. Our neighbors are opening their parking area for additional visitor parking. Look for a sign that says “Salmon Viewing Parking” just past the Bayshore Preserve lot. Please note that this additional lot will only be available November 6, 7, 11, 13, and 14 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
For additional parking, drive north along Highway 3 to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s parking lot, located here. Please note that a Discover Pass is needed for this lot. It is highlighted in red in the trail map above.
Interested in volunteering as a salmon docent or have questions? Email Mary email@example.com.