Salmon Cascades

Several fish leaping up a small waterfall.
Salmon Cascades. Photo by C. Bubar/NPS.

Quick Facts

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5 miles (8 km) up the Sol Duc road, stop by this viewing platform to witness the iconic leap of determined fish up a waterfall on their way to spawn. The view of the cascades is lovely year-round, but if you hope to see fish, look for Coho salmon in September and October, or steelhead trout from late March through May. These anadromous fish (meaning they live in both fresh and salt water) are born in the Sol Duc River, but spend most of their lives in the Pacific Ocean before returning home to spawn. Fishing is not allowed near Salmon Cascades. If you plan to fish, be sure to check the park fishing regulations for appropriate areas, limits, and equipment limitations. Please also be aware that to protect the fish resources, much of the park is only open to catch and release fishing.

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Last updated: January 11, 2024