Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fish stories

On one of our trips into Roseburg we stopped to see the fish viewing area.

I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was pretty cool.

They have build a series of fish ladders with small pools for them to rest in before attempting the next jump as they make their way upstream to spawn.  There are windows in an underground viewing area, but with the condensation on the windows, the photos didn't look like I'll spare you those.

This time of year it's primarily the Chinook salmon making the journey.  We met this guy hanging out in the large pool waiting for the last big leap.

We hung around for a while to see what he'd do, but fish viewing is a lot like watching laundry spin and after a while we gave up and left him to his own devices.

Long Live the Fisher Queen


  1. i think that's cool that they allow for nature's passage!

  2. I agree with Theresa, but then, how are the fish supposed to know they have ladders they can go up. Do we assume that they go up and down the dam until they find a spot that is easy to get up. I don't know much about fish, but never thought of them as critical thinkers ... hmmmm. Apparently one fish figured it out, right? This is cool, were you able to see others leaping up the ladders?

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  3. I wonder what the fish did before those ladders were built? Do the ladders actually make it easier for the fish to travel upstream? If they do, that would be great. I've read up on how difficult it is for the salmon to complete their journey upstream.

    Well, time for me to get busy here. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  4. This is fascinating! Instinct is an amazing thing. Nature gives us what we need to survive, if only we respected that. Thanks for sharing this.