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July 20, 2016 - The two RV Gypsies

Ship Creek Fishery sign
fish on a post trash can not for fish

Ship Creek is a favorite local fishing and shorebird viewing spot near downtown Anchorage in the industrial environment of the Port of Anchorage. With the Anchorage skyline as backdrop, the mud and sedge flats and ocean-fed waters support salmon runs and provide habitat for plovers, sandpipers, godwits, and other migrating shorebirds. Ship Creek runs through the port and alongside the ocean waters of Cook Inlet.

Below: The two RV Gypsies and family stood on the bridge to see the scenery and Karen photographed their shadows.

Ship Creek fishing spot shadows of the two RV Gypsies and family
sign: Kings Landing at Ship Creek sign: Kings Landing at Ship Creek buiding

Two miles upstream from the mouth of the creek at the corner of Reeve Blvd. and Post Road is the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. Open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This space was set aside for public access to allow viewing of hatchery activity. There is a foot path outside the facility allowing access to view Ship Creek. From early July through September adult salmon can often be seen in this stretch of the creek. Returning Chinook (king) and coho (silver) salmon are collected and held in two raceways located creek side. Hatchery staff will collect eggs from these fish to begin the next production cycle. King salmon are present from late May through July, and coho salmon from August through mid-September.

fish school bus flying fish
fish and fisherman on a building
sign about the fish fish at Fish Creek
sign about the dam
employees sign about fish and the dam
hatchery holding pond sign salmon

unhappy faceThen Karen saw something she absolutely hated. One of the workers was beating the fish in the head with a baseball bat. Karen did not wish to photograph such a cruel act. So from there she went towards the dam area to watch the fish try to jump up-stream.

Ship Creek Dam salmon jumping up Ship Creek Dam
salmon jumping up Ship Creek Dam salmon jumping up Ship Creek Dam

Below: A beautiful blue sky and silky clouds

beautiful blue sky and silky clouds
look below

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