Press Release

Chinook Salmon at MK Nature Center

Visitors to the MK Nature Center will have the opportunity to see one of Idaho's most amazing animals: Chinook salmon. Idaho's anadromous fish (including Chinook salmon) swim as far as 900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to spawn in the rivers and streams where they were hatched. Their journey is longer than any other fish native to the continental United States.

Several Chinook from Rapid River hatchery are joining the other fish swimming in the Nature Center's stream. Fish managers and hatchery workers bring the salmon to Boise from Riggins, to give Nature Center visitors the opportunity to see these amazing fish close-up through viewing windows. Those windows provide visitors the ability to see what things look like from the perspective of creatures that live beneath the water's surface. Lucky visitors may even get the chance to watch the salmon spawn later this summer.

The MK Nature Center is located on Walnut Street behind Fish and Game headquarters. For more information go to