Views of Kirkland: Juanita Creek

Our favorite part of Juanita Beach Park is the west side where Juanita Creek flows into Lake Washington. This is a wetlands area where one can walk the footpath over a couple of bridges and see ducks, cranes and the occasional beaver swimming by where the creek meanders in this somewhat protected portion of the park. The area around the creek has been the least "active" portion of the park for years. If memory serves, there was once a picnic structure here which is no more. King County staff can be seen occasionally testing the water quality in this area.

On north part of the park, across Juanita Drive, one can see signage indicating that salmon once swam in this creek. The signage says that Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon were all observed in Juanita Creek in the past. According to the signs, the creek restoration created "backwater channel refuge areas for salmon." Hmmmm... so, when are the salmon moving in? We would welcome the new neighbors.

The mouth of Juanita Creek