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Carkeek Park

Address: 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.
Phone: (206) 684-0877

Salmon Stations

November and early December is the time to experience Pacific salmon in an urban stream. Coho and chum salmon run in Pipers Creek in during this time. Drop-in stations with trained guides are set up on the weekends to facilitate observations of the salmon and to give out tips on how to help perpetuate these runs. No need to sign up. Just come to the lower meadow at Carkeek Park and look for the salmon stewards in the blue vests. Download the PDF flyer.

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Environmental Learning Center Closure

Though the Environmental Learning Center at Carkeek Park is available for rentals, we regret that because of budget reductions, it is no longer open for visitors. For school programming opportunities or building rentals, please see the brochure at right and contact us by email or phone (206) 684-0877.


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Daily 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.


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This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Come take part in an education program, have a picnic, or get involved as a volunteer teacher or as part of an outdoor work party. Walk the Pipers Canyon Story Trail, play on the uniquely salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard.

In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard. A group of dedicated forest volunteers, named the WEWOS (Weekday Workers), work every Friday morning in the Carkeek Park forests, removing invasives, planting trees and shrubs, and doing aftercare. More information at Green Seattle Partnership.

Carkeek Park: a treasure chest of wonders waiting to be discovered.

About the Environmental Learning Center

The Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center (ELC) has been built using sustainable practices to provide additional space for environmental education and stewardship activities and to create additional community gathering/meeting space.
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The first Carkeek Park was located at Pontiac Station just north of Sand Point and in 1918 was named for Morgan J. Carkeek, an English building contractor who came to Seattle in 1875. In 1928 the park moved to its location in northwest Seattle. From the beach you can see the southern tip of Whidbey Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, and the Olympic Mountains.

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.

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Updated October 26, 2015


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