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  • 5/5 Carri B. 3 years ago on Google
    Great upfront area to pull over and watch the sealife up close and the salmon spawning.
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  • 5/5 Robert Not B. 4 years ago on Google
    Very interesting to see the plight of the fish.
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  • 5/5 Bret O. 10 months ago on Google
    Amazing, definitely stop by. We saw a million salmon and sea lions were feasting away. Watch by the shore or you can also do a self-guided tour outside and watch videos and learn about the hatchery. Very cool experience. I came once in the early afternoon and again later at night and the tide changed so much we were able to walk way out in the evening. We were hoping to see a bear, but no such luck this time. :-)
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  • 4/5 Sean L. 2 years ago on Google
    Came here early July, and was unfortunately too early for the prime season and it was closed. Did see a few sea lions hanging around, but no salmon. The hatchery has many displays showing the life cycle, eco-system, and harvest process which were quite educational. Beautiful scenery regardless and would certainly recommend if you are visiting Valdez.
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  • 5/5 Purple On T. 7 months ago on Google
    This is a short ride north of the town of Valdez , Alaska, and well worth the stop. We saw all kinds of sea lions feasting on the pink salmon. Found out later that this is the largest pink salmon hatchery in North America .Check out my YouTube video about Valdez and you can hear the sea lions growling at each other.
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  • 5/5 John P. 3 years ago on Google
    Wild Sea lions, bald eagles, seals, and lots of salmon. So awesome to watch.

  • 5/5 shahab a. 3 years ago on Google
    Most amazing experience I ever have. I could see salmons ( a ton of them), seals and seagulls. It was briliant experience with most beautiful view and itinerary. I 100 percent recommend this place for your next trip. BUT keep in mind, there you will need a good mosquito killer and some anti mosquito sprays. There are a lot of mosquitos that eager to bit you.

  • 5/5 Don M. 5 years ago on Google
    Nice spot to check out a real Alaskan pink salmon Hatchery. Also good spot to get a chance to see a black bear and or a brown bear feeding on the salmon at the beach or one of the nearby creeks. Large parking lot for campers and motorhomes to pull in and get out of. Also fun to watch the sea lions and seals at the fishing Weir.

  • 5/5 John R. 3 years ago on Google
    We watched them cherry pick the salmon one by one.

  • 5/5 Carolyn F. 4 years ago on Google
    Great place to see salmon and learn about Salomon. Also great place to see eagles and sea lions

  • 5/5 Regan Jones, R. 5 years ago on Google
    This is an absolute must-do when visiting Valdez. We visited in mid-July and were able to see thousands of pink salmon at the weir in the process of swimming to spawn. Be sure to do the self-guided tour that winds around the Hatchery. You’ll find lots of informative signage and some very interesting videos. So glad to have stumbled on this site.

  • 5/5 Kyle F. 3 years ago on Google
    Great office. Nice People.

  • 4/5 adam k. 7 years ago on Google
    Very cool to see the salmon and all the other wildlife they attract; sealions, bears, eagles. Also a beautiful view when you walk the trail behind it.

  • 5/5 Julie C. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome wildlife experience went late in day during salmon run -late July. Saw thousands of fish. And sea lions eating them. Ck photo

  • 5/5 wolfgurl88 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful waterfall nearby and very neat to see the salmon in the water.

  • 5/5 Robert P. 3 years ago on Google
    Fun place

  • 5/5 Adv D. 3 years ago on Google
    A short drive off the Richardson Hwy just on the outskirts of Valdez, along Dayville Road is an area where salmon pink and coho salon gather to spawn and try to run up the fish weir towards the waterfall beyond it. Sometimes bears await them, and sometimes you see sea lions swimming in the area catching them. There's a large parking lot there and parking is easy. When the salmon are running, it's best to wait for high tide if you want to see them. There's a self guided tour that starts on the other side of the river, with signs visible from the north end of the parking lot. If nothing else, the view of the bay and mountains makes this side trip worth while.The self guided tour has a fish ladder for the salmon to return to the hatchery where they were born to spawn, they climb up the fish ladder and eventually make it to the hatchery's pools and spawning area where they are artificially spawned. I was there in July and then back again in August at high tide and there were tens of thousands of salmon there trying their best to make it up the fish weir and the fish ladder.. Also saw a large black bear feasting on salmon eggs. Again, best time to visit is at high tide.

  • 4/5 Lynne G. 3 years ago on Google
    Wasn't open. However, it was really cool to watch the sea lions.

  • 5/5 gakdugi 3 years ago on Google
    You must visit here in late August to see the hundreds of thousands of salmon being gulped up by the seals and seagulls. Just incredible. Good fishing for silvers at high tide.

  • 4/5 Dennis R. 3 years ago on Google
    Great self guided walking tour.

  • 5/5 Paquito 3 years ago on Google
    poor salmons

  • 4/5 Bill I. 3 years ago on Google
    Educational and informational.

  • 5/5 Jennifer B. 3 years ago on Google
    Watching the salmon run was nothing like I have ever seen before.

  • 4/5 Andy S. 3 years ago on Google
    Great place to visit

  • 5/5 Kevin M. 3 years ago on Google
    The Hatchery is a great place to visit. We live in Fairbanks and even as an Alaskan this is a super amazing experience to see the all the fish and wild life that the hatchery brings in we saw tons of fish birds and some sea lions and one bear. The hatchery has a very awesome tour you can take yourself with a great video of how they process the fish!

  • 5/5 Dahlis C. 3 years ago on Google
    Come near high tide when the fish are in season! That's when you get to see the sea lions! On occasion there might be a bear too! The whole place is awesome to visit. Even as a local I love going over there to watch the fish. I like watching them climb the fish ladder all the way up to the pens. Its awesome that they have a ton of information panels up for people to read and learn about the fish and the hatchery. Great place! I would highly recommend anyone visiting Valdez through July and August to drive over and see the place.

  • 5/5 Twenty G. 3 years ago on Google
    It's like walking up hill

  • 5/5 Gabriela M. 3 years ago on Google
    Interesting for all ages. Didn't see bears, but plenty of sea lions, otters and a bald eagle.

  • 5/5 milo e. 4 years ago on Google
    very pleasant and tons of learning.

  • 5/5 Michele M. 4 years ago on Google
    A very nice place.. A GOOD LANDSCAPE..

  • 5/5 Derek D. 4 years ago on Google
    They have a bunch of educational information and displays all around the hatchery. It's really cool, and a fun place to see if you enjoy learning a little bit.

  • 5/5 Cindy B. 4 years ago on Google
    Loved i saw things never really knew awesome experiences i reccomend this.

  • 5/5 Paulness 4 years ago on Google
    A great place to see how salmon (pink and coho salmon) play such a large part in Alaska"s fishing industry. There are plenty of interactive displays that discuss the life cycle of the salmon, their importance to the industry and ecosystem, and the environment. Seeing the weir that deflects the salmon into the harvest area is beat, and there's always at least one Stellar Sea Lion hanging out at the weir feasting on some fresh fish. You'll see the salmon trying to make it upstream, the fish ladder, and a great view of the bay and Solon Gulch. A must-see when you visit Valdez.

  • 5/5 Pamela T. 4 years ago on Google
    Loved the cycle of Salmon and seeing the life cycle right before my eyes

  • 5/5 Matt L. 4 years ago on Google
    Visited in early August and saw thousands of humpies running. Truly gnarly experience, wasn’t expecting it at all. Thousands of fish everywhere.

  • 4/5 Colin M. 4 years ago on Google
    Great stop to see Pink and Silver salmon coming to spawn. Bugs n' smelly, be warned.

  • 5/5 Ryan B. 4 years ago on Google
    Super neat walk, cool place to swim!

  • 4/5 Charles B. 4 years ago on Google
    Interesting but watch out for bears

  • 5/5 3ghin5 4 years ago on Google
    Great place to watch the salmon migration during early july

  • 5/5 Rosa Maria Costa D. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Very interesting (Original) Muy interesante

  • 4/5 doug r. 4 years ago on Google
    Interesting and informative.

  • 5/5 Jack W. 4 years ago on Google
    Best Non profit hatch in AK. Kudos; Mike & Jess

  • 5/5 WIlliam C. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice walking tour of the Hatchery

  • 5/5 Mario G. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Spectacular (Original) Spectaculaire

  • 5/5 Jerry S. 4 years ago on Google
    This is an amazing place. The water is churning with salmon with an abundance of sea lions and otters.

  • 5/5 Aaron C. 4 years ago on Google
    Worth the trip! The pink salmon were running and the sea lions were feasting. Watching the true natural show the sight was one of a kind. Would highly recommend.

  • 5/5 Linda W. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice little hike(1mile) with great views. Its a loop so you can either take the steep hill at the beggining or the end of your hike. The day use area also has picnic tables and access to a beach. We spent a lovely afternoon here

  • 5/5 Acupuncture C. 3 years ago on Google
    FREE PICNIC AND REST AREA.

  • 3/5 James W. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful scenery that is destroyed by people leaving their trash all over. It is a good place to try and catch some fish, if the time is right. Just very disappointing to see people lacking respect.

  • 5/5 Hayley Nielsen M. 4 years ago on Google
    It's absolutely beautiful up here! There are no words to explain how amazing Alaska is!

  • 3/5 angel m. 4 years ago on Google
    Locals call it "Hippie Hill " , great place to get away . Please keep it clean 😁

  • 5/5 Kathleen M. 4 years ago on Google
    Geart short walking trail. Lots of salmon berries along the way. Nice views too.

  • 4/5 Levi R. 4 years ago on Google
    Busy atmosphere during the day for fishing.

  • 4/5 Ian W. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful views and found berries. The gnats were horrible.

  • 3/5 Bernel S. 5 years ago on Google
    Pretty fun place to ride bike. Decent climbing and Close in. But a fairly short ride.

  • 4/5 Rosa E. 3 years ago on Google
    It's fun to visit the town of Valdez and go fishing. lots of silver fish.👍

  • 5/5 Travis K. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice place to take a easy hike and pick some Salmon Berries.

  • 4/5 Tana Skye N. 3 years ago on Google
    Short walk with some decent views of the harbor. Many of the lookouts are slightly obstructed by huge trees, but you are surrounded by nature on all sides

  • 4/5 Jeffrey R. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful views

  • 4/5 Derrick W. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful peaceful trail

  • 5/5 Isaac M. 4 years ago on Google
    Amazing views

  • 5/5 Bryan B. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautifull

  • 5/5 Niki S. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice short well maintained trail.

  • 5/5 Александр �. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) handsomely (Original) Красиво

  • 5/5 B R. 5 years ago on Google
    Playing cards this spot gets five stars when you've got a view like this.

  • 3/5 David T. 5 years ago on Google
    The areas designated as view points have trees obscuring the view.

  • 5/5 Brian R. 5 years ago on Google
    Great short hike!!!

  • 5/5 Sue Ellen M. 5 years ago on Google
    One of my favorite spots in Valdez

  • 5/5 David S. 5 years ago on Google
    The trail is an easy one with the exception of the steep climb or decent at beginning or end. The trail is a loop which reaches the top of a ridge overlooking the bay. There are photo ops along the trail. Well worth the time! If you arrive via cruise ship, the trail head is about 1 mile from the dock when walking along the harbor boardwalk.

  • 5/5 АЛЕКСАНДР �. 5 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Cool place to stay (Original) Крутое место для отдыха

  • 5/5 stacey f. 5 years ago on Google
    Nice walk! Be careful though.

  • 5/5 Braxton S. 5 years ago on Google
    Awesome views from the lookout point at the top.

  • 3/5 George L. 5 years ago on Google
    Great views

  • 5/5 frank reyes v. 5 years ago on Google
    Nice

  • 5/5 Meldonna C. 6 years ago on Google
    Nice, scenic in - town trail with out of town feel. Dog friendly. Leash required.

  • 5/5 Terri W. 6 years ago on Google
    Nice hike with a view.

  • 5/5 Jose C. 6 years ago on Google
    Nice to relax around, has a fire place and bbq on the side..bathroom and is quite.

  • 5/5 Ginny L. 7 years ago on Google
    One of my favorite spots to go and relax after a long day at work.

  • 5/5 Supreme_BugzBuny 5 years ago on Google
    Valdez is such a clean place. Amazing place for glacier tours

  • 4/5 Clayton B. 5 years ago on Google
    Not a great deal of information, but the hostess was very helpful.

  • 5/5 Flora W. 5 years ago on Google
    Great people to speak with, helpfull and full of more info than I was looking for. Thank you.

  • 5/5 Martha B. 6 years ago on Google
    The manager of this place and her staff are wonderful and very informative gave me all the information I needed about the city of Valdez.

  • 5/5 dl m. 4 years ago on Google
    Helpful, friendly people!

  • 5/5 Margie R. 5 years ago on Google
    Beautiful center and helpful staff. Right in town and located by the museum.

  • 3/5 amber w. 5 years ago on Google
    It is nice in there and kind staff.

  • 5/5 Nancy W. 5 years ago on Google
    Lots of info. Very knowledgeable staff.

  • 5/5 Rob W. 3 years ago on Google
    Very helpful staff!

  • 5/5 Vishnu T. 3 years ago on Google
    Very friendly staffs

  • 4/5 Martha S. 4 years ago on Google
    Great people

  • 5/5 dennis s. 4 years ago on Google
    Don was so helful. Asked him a bunch of questions and he went out of his way to answer them. Great guy

  • 5/5 Sofía G O. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) The staff very friendly and attentive, small place but very orderly and with a lot of history. Wifi by donation (Original) El staff muy amigable y atento, lugar pequeño pero muy ordenado y con mucha historia. Wifi por donación

  • 5/5 Ro and Reese D. 4 years ago on Google
    Place where you can ask questions, find maps and see what is in town.

  • 5/5 Denise B. 5 years ago on Google
    Fantastic visitor center! The staff was very helpful and happy to answer my so many questions about things to do and stores in the area. It is well worth the effort to go in and ask questions.

  • 5/5 Kathy S. 5 years ago on Google
    The cutest, friendliest and absolutely most scenic town in Alaska!!! I've experienced bears eating Salmon under a waterfall.

  • 4/5 Wil M. 5 years ago on Google
    Very helpful people at the information center

  • 5/5 Leanne B. 5 years ago on Google
    Very helpful. Read the material they give you. It's informative and everything you need to know is there.

  • 5/5 Sonja H. 6 years ago on Google
    Kind informative friendly staff.

  • 5/5 Aurelie H. 6 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Very welcome and lots of advice! On the other hand all is closed and the time q valdez is horrible from the month of October we did not even see the shade of a mountain because of the clouds (Original) Très bon accueil et beaucoup de conseils ! Par contre tout est fermé et le temps q valdez est horrible a partir du mois d octobre nous n'avons même pas aperçu l ombre d une montagne à cause des nuages

  • 2/5 Matt A. 6 years ago on Google
    Kinda empty and boring.

  • 4/5 Steve M. 6 years ago on Google
    Not much to see but the staff are very helpful

  • 4/5 Ilai S. 6 years ago on Google
    Very informative staff and nicely decorated.

  • 5/5 Ez F. 7 years ago on Google
    The staff here are pretty nice and very knowledgeable. They will surely have the information you need here in Valdez.

  • 5/5 Bob K. 10 months ago on Google
    Stopped in during our week-long camping trip to the Valdez area. Sea Lions, Seals, and thousands (millions?) of Pink Salmon jumping the fish ladder. The self-guided tour is informative and lets you know that the salmon are thriving!

  • 5/5 Tom N. 10 months ago on Google
    This is a must see when in Valdez. Seals, sae lions, and thousands of fish. We visited around later midday, so no bear sightings.

  • 5/5 Rebecca A. 10 months ago on Google
    Amazing place to easily see the salmon run and see sea lions munching on the salmon. Be prepared to be stepping over lots of salmon carcasses

  • 5/5 Kathy D. 1 year ago on Google
    We arrived after hours, but there is a nice, outdoor visitor display and viewing point. Video screens and info displays show and describe how the process works. You can also see the salmon swim upstream in the ladder steps system to the large vats. We saw tons of fish swimming upstream in the weir. We also got lucky and saw a bear with her 2 cubs on the other side of the bridge catching fish, plus a group of sea lions hanging out in the calm waters nearby. A very nice bonus.

  • 5/5 Sathish J. 10 months ago on Google
    Best place to watch salmon fish jumping. Also to watch seals hunting the fish and hanging out.

  • 5/5 sj m. 10 months ago on Google
    This is a MUST visit if you are in the Valdez area. Go at high tide, as that is when the salmon are schooled up. It was fascinating to watch the Stellar Sea Lions gorge themselves at the all-you-can-eat salmon buffet.

  • 5/5 Highway H. 8 months ago on Google
    Loved visiting this hatchery. Take your time to read the signs and watch the informative videos. The wild life viewing opportunities are great and views from the hatchery are great. Just be aware it's pretty smelly.

  • 5/5 Joseph B. 9 months ago on Google
    It wasn't open inside but has great self-guided tour explaining everything about the different salmon life cycles. The babies need phytoplankton which climate change is affecting. It is a miracle of nature how sooo m species depend on salmon bringing nutrients from the ocean back to shore!! Lots of animals. The over 250,000,000 salmon attreact fisherman which takes pressure off the more natural streams.

  • 5/5 Roy N. 9 months ago on Google
    We heard about the fish hatchery when visiting Valdez. So we went there, it was amazing. I've never seen so many fish. We didn't see any bears, but there was lot's of signs warning about them.

  • 5/5 Alice c. 7 months ago on Google
    Amazing with the natural show with salmons, sea lions, sea otters and black bears. It's worth any minute to drive there.

  • 4/5 Tanja G. 9 months ago on Google • 299 reviews
    Very interesting place and well described. But it's also very brutal to see how the sea lions hardly have to make any effort to catch it, let alone "finish" eating it; they then prefer to grab the next salmon. But definitely worth seeing! A little further ahead, towards Valdez, there is a river where we observed four bears fishing. That was great :-)


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