A raccoon discovers a chum salmon on the banks of Piper's Creek in Carkeek Park. Photo by Catherine Anstett.
The Piper's Creek watershed is the third largest watershed in Seattle covering approximately 2.5 square miles and draining a total of 1,835 acres into Puget Sound. The main stem channel is roughly two miles in length and is contained almost entirely within the boundaries of Carkeek Park. Piper's Creek contains a number of in-stream species including coho and chum salmon (hatchery origin), sea-run and resident cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and four kinds of sculpin. The best time to see salmon is in November.
Explore the Piper's Creek watershed on your own or with your school or community group today. (See a list of recreational and volunteer opportunities below.) In addition to being a wonderful place to visit both for the excitement of the Greenwood business district and the calm of Carkeek Park, the wider watershed is home to a number of the City of Seattle's award-winning green stormwater infrastructure projects and residential-scale demonstrations such as the original SEA Streets, the Broadview Green Grid, and the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center around which are a rain garden, rain barrels, and more.
Watershed tour information
Piper's Creek watershed and Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tours – Available free of charge to groups of 8 or larger. Please call (206) 684-5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Urban Watershed Field Trips – Each fall, the City of Seattle's Protect Our Waters program sponsors 2-hour, naturalist-led field experiences at Carkeek Park and Camp Long to qualified K-5 teachers. Email email@example.com for details.
Want to learn more?
Piper's Creek is one of approximately 10,000 streams that flow into Puget Sound. Why is that important? Because you can help reduce the impacts of polluted runoff.
Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project – The Piper's Creek watershed's original advocacy group coordinates the Salmon Feeder and annual Salmon Count amongst many others. Call Nancy Malmgren at (206) 363-4116.
Carkeek Streams, Trails, and Restoration Stewards (STARS) – Meet for restoration projects in Carkeek Park on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 362-2980.
Weekday Workers – You can volunteer for restoration projects in Carkeek Park during the week. Email email@example.com or call (206) 782-7617.
Friends of Llandover Woods – Forest restoration volunteers in Llandover Woods meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Carkeek Park Advisory Council – Steering committee for Carkeek Park meeting on the 4th Monday of each month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-0877.
Annual Events – Earth Day (April), Salmon Celebration (day after Thanksgiving), Salmon watching (November-December), Mother’s Day Walk (May), Greenwood Parade (July).