Winter rains bring new life to West Marin creeks. For thousands of years coho salmon and steelhead trout have returned from the vast ocean feeding grounds to the shaded streams of their birth. Look for salmon one to three days after a rainstorm. Traditionally, January is the best month to spot the spawning coho and steelhead. Listed below are some good sighting spots in western Marin County. Please use caution in these areas. Please do not disturb spawning salmon. Watch out for stinging nettle, poison oak, and swift currents.
The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) is a local non-profit organization that works to protect endangered salmon in the Lagunitas Watershed. SPAWN offers walks to view spawning salmon for the public and for school groups, in addition to offering seminars, training, and volunteer and internship opportunities.
Redwood Creek flows through Muir Woods National Monument. Follow Highway 1 to Muir Woods Road, which will take you to the entrance of Muir Woods. Muir Woods National Monument has an entrance fee and reservations are now required for all personal vehicles and shuttle riders at Muir Woods. Park in the lot provided, then proceed on foot, following the path through the entrance gates and along Redwood Creek. Check the park's schedule of ranger programs for an opportunity to learn more about the spawning salmon. For more information, call the Muir Woods National Monument Visitor Center at 415-561-2850.
Last updated: December 26, 2021