When you think of Salmon one of the first things that probably come to mind is the Ocean. Sure the ocean is packed full of gigantic Salmon, but believe it or not prior to 1942 in our area of the world you could see enormous 40lb Chinook Salmon swimming the rivers of the Columbia. Although we no longer have these mammoth fish swimming our river, we have rivers literally turning red with over 250,000 Kokanee Salmon spawning every year at this time.
The Annual Columbia Salmon Festival was established in light of the history of the Salmon and to educate those about Kokanee Salmon in the Columbia River. This year’s 2nd annual event features Salmon awareness field trips including viewing the Kokanee Salmon by golf cart or kayak, guest speakers, a gala salmon dinner, live music, silent auction, artisan displays and many more fantastic events to celebrate nature.
Jocelyn McGregor, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Naturalist and Kristen Idiens, Kayak Guide, took a group of eight eager kayakers out to the headwaters of the Columbia River to experience the rivers running red first hand. The beautiful fall weather and the calm river waters made for a great opportunity to view the Kokanee Salmon through the crisp clear water. After a very informative kayak lesson from pro, Kristen we all felt safe and ready to enjoy our approximately 1.5 hour trip down the river. As we watched the bright red fish directly below our kayak's Jocelyn explained to us the past, present and future of these wonderful creatures and the river system in our area.
Thanks to our superb guides and the company of the other kayakers we had a fantastic morning in Fairmont Hot Springs on the Columbia River.
We've got some great photos from the day, so click here to check it out!