I was pleasantly surprised that one of my favorite local city parks recently had a name change, from Tumwater Falls Park to Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, located within the city of Tumwater, Washington. The park is privately owned by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. The park was closed for a while to make fish hatchery facility improvements as well as general park improvements. As a result, there is now a new Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery facility on the park’s grounds along with fish viewing windows to watch Chinook salmon entering the holding ponds. What a marvelous opportunity to see these migratory fish in action! And right now, during the autumn fish migration season, one can watch the salmon’s acrobatic actions as they navigate the numerous falls and fish ladders along this portion of the Deschutes River that ultimately empties into Capitol Lake, Olympia. An empty brewery sits adjacent to the park, home of the once regionally popular Olympia Brewing Company. The salmon fish run is active from September to mid October. Come and enjoy the fish and the falls and the trails!
Look closely and you can see the dark image of a salmon jumping half way up the waterfall.
Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls is open daily and is free to the public.
All images property of Peggy A Thompson