United States Salmon Cascades

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

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The Salmon Cascades is the best location in Olympic National Park for viewing coho salmon as they follow their biological imperative to return to the spawning grounds where they hatched. This imperative requires the salmon to leave the salt water of the Pacific Ocean and swim up freshwater rivers and streams for great distances, sometimes over 50 miles, to spawn. The salmon coming up the Sol Duc River must work their way through rushing water then jump over the cascades to return to their spawning grounds on the sand bars further up the valley. The fish can be seen making energetic jumps up the cascades during the spawning season. For the rest of the year, the cascades are simply a scenic spot to photograph the river.

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