Return to the River Salmon Festival

Join us Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 11am – 3pm by the WWCC ballfields along Tausick Way!

This FREE family-friendly community event celebrates the return of salmon to the Walla Walla Basin each year. The annual event is coordinated jointly by the Water & Environmental Center and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in order to provide a glimpse into our region’s rich cultural and natural resource driven history. Mark your calendars!

Here’s an example of what awaits you at this event in this highlight video from the 2019 Return to the River Celebration: video.


2024 Participating Organizations, Institutions, and Agencies include:


This event is FREE and also include a salmon release into Mill Creek provided by Tri-State Steelheaders and the Salmon in Schools Program. Salmon releases times are 12:30pm and 2pm.

The Wine Country Culinary Institute food truck and the newly formed Pit Warriors, a student-run BBQ Team, will be on site to purchase food.


For more information, contact Drew Trogstad-Isaacson.