Porcupine Reservoir, Kokanee Salmon
A few hundred yards walking
1-2 hours to all day
Do not bring dogs as they will disturb the salmon
Mid September to early October
There is no trail but its an easy walk to the river
Porcupine Reservoir:41.51965 N, 111.74665 W
Every fall from mid September to the Early parts of October you can see one of natures coolest events in a salmon spawning run. There are several areas in Utah to see the event besides Porcupine Reservoir. They also have them at Causey, Strawberry, and Flaming Gorge Reservoirs. Kokanee Salmon are a type of Sockeye Salmon with the difference being that they are landlocked and smaller. Porcupine Reservoir is close to my home and we go watch the run every year. Porcupine Reservoir is a beautiful place to go any time of year and there is enough to do to make a full day out of it if you want to swim and picnic. No boats are allowed to make wake which makes it a great quiet place for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Here is some of what you can see around the reservoir. It offers great views of the Bear River Range.
People sometimes call the area Cinnamon Creek but technically where you see the Salmon is the Little Bear River. Cinnamon Creek joins the river a few miles East of the reservoir. Just park at the east end of the reservoir. There are some nice trees for picnicking. You will drive on a dirt road but most any car can make it.
The river itself is very pretty and a very nice setting.
Here are some pictures and a video of the salmon to show you what you can expect to see. Depending on the water levels you may have to drive into an LDS church owned camp (It was this way in 2017 but not 16, or 15) and park in their parking lot because the water levels are too high to see any fish before their property.
I love seeing this every year. Its worth the trip to any of the reservoirs that have the fish. Its a great family activity the kids can enjoy.