Dog Salmon Fishpass At a Glance

Dog Salmon Fish Pass


Tucked away in the forests of Prince of Wales Island, the Dog Salmon Fishpass offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view a variety of species of spawning salmon throughout the spring and fall. This Alaska steep pass was constructed through a partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Ketchikan Pulp Inc., and the Forest Service. Attracted by the abundant food, bears, eagles and other fish-eaters are often seen at the site. A viewing platform and interpretive signs help visitors understand the fish pass.

Viewing Information:

Visitors can see steelhead trout, coho, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon using the ladder throughout the spring, summer and fall. February through May is the best time to see steelhead in the stream system. Sockeyes run from mid to late June, pinks and chums are in the creeks from August to September and cohos can be seen from August through October.

The area also provides opportunities to see a variety of southeast Alaska wildlife. Black bears are often seen at the fishpass taking advantage of the abundant salmon. Bald eagles also frequent the area to feed on the salmon. Songbirds and Sitka black-tailed deer are also common.

Safety First:

Bear Sense page for more information about how to behave in bear country.

Stay on the trail, road and viewing platform. Do not attempt to get down to the fishpass itself or any other part of the construction.

Please remember to pack out any garbage you may bring in and help keep the area clean.


The Dog Salmon Fishpass can be accessed from Craig along the Forest Service road system. Directions are complex - be sure to visit the "how to get there" webpage for detailed directions.

Ownership & Management:

USDA Forest Service, Tongass National Forest; Craig Ranger District (907) 826-3271

Closest Town:

Craig, Alaska

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Best Viewing Season:

apring - fall viewing season

Map of Dog Salmon Fishpass. This image will take you to directions to Dog Salmon Fishpass.

small map to Dog Salmon Fishpass

Directions to the Dog Salmon Fishpass are complex - be sure to visit the "how to get there" webpage for detailed directions.