Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park

October 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 04:00pm

At Oxbow Regional Park, October 13 and 14, 2018

Witness the ancient cycle of Chinook salmon returning to the river of their birth to spawn, creating the next generation. Salmon Homecoming is a collaboration with the Native American community to honor the salmon by sharing traditional sciences, stories, songs and salmon baking. Come out to Oxbow Regional Park to spot the salmon in the Sandy River, a designated National Wild and Scenic River. Learn about and enjoy the 1,000 acres of old-growth forest, hiking trails, river beaches and wildlife.

All Salmon Homecoming events are free; registration is not required. $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee.

View salmon

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Metro staff, volunteers and community members at the river’s edge. Get help  spotting spawning salmon and learn about the  behavior and life cycle of salmon. Borrow a pair of polarized glasses for the best fish viewing. Suitable for all ages.

Campfire and hot drinks

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or cider around the campfire. Guaranteed to take the chill off and lift your spirits for a walk in the autumn woods. First come, first served.

Explore a salmon restoration site

2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 13

Join Metro scientist Brian Vaughn to learn the science behind restoration work happening on the banks of the Sandy River. The work is being done to improve water quality and restore habitat for native fish, including salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey.  On this 2-mile hike, participants will visit a recently constructed log jam, look for native fish spawning in the river and learn the characteristics of healthy fish habitat. Suitable for ages 8 and older. Meet at Alder Shelter (group picnic area A) at 1:45 p.m.

Pets policy: To protect plants, wildlife and people, Metro does not allow pets at most regional parks and natural areas. Pets can damage habitat and threaten wildlife the region has worked to protect. In natural areas where dogs are not allowed, people see more wildlife and get closer to it. Seeing-eye dogs or other service animals are allowed. Please bring cleanup materials.