Salmon Sighting Update – Arcade Creek

Dec. 19. 2016

John Mayfield reported a sighting of a Chinook salmon on a small tributary running through a residential/rural neighborhood north of Orange Grove Ave. This makes 6 now so far this fall!

Dec. 11, 2016John Mayfield reported sighting a large fish, most likely a salmon, swiftly swimming upstream under the Bus. 80 Bridge upstream of Watt Ave at about 9 a.m.  Randy Smith spotted a fish, a salmon or Steelhead, moving upstream quickly from the Pasadena Ave. footbridge about 10 a.m., about 2 miles upstream from the other fish at Bus. 80.

Dec. 4, 2016Randy Smith spotted the Chinook salmon pictured below just downstream from Garfield Avenue. Upon comparison with his earlier photo from Nov. 28 (see Nov. 30 blog post), Randy verified that this is the same fish based on the mottling pattern near the dorsal fin. (This salmon downstream from Garfield Avenue was verified by Bill Templin and Katie Cantrell).

Above photo by Randy Smith

See a complete report of salmon sightings by our volunteers on Arcade Creek since December of 2015

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Chinook in Arcade Creek


Another live Chinook upstream of the Pasadena Ave. bridge.

So, this is now the 3rd salmon that has been reported at the Pasadena bridge this fall! And the 2nd documented in photographs.

These photos, taken by Randy Smith, show the fish swimming up the creek and a close-up showing the Chinook markings on it’s back…

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Volunteers Needed for Salmon Surveys!

Many of you may not know that we have Chinook salmon in some of our local urban creeks!

If you live by a creek, please let Bill Templin  know if you’re seeing salmon in your local creek.

If you are interested in learning more about this and would like to get some first-hand experience…

Gregg Bates leads Salmon Surveys on Dry Creek near Eureka Rd. in Roseville.

This year Gregg held a survey on Friday Nov. 4 and is holding one this Friday, Dec. 2.

Bill Templin leads Salmon Surveys on Arcade Creek near Watt Ave and American River College…

Last winter, Bill and volunteers documented the first Chinook in Arcade Creek (2 live, 1 carcass).

So far this year, 3 Chinook Salmon have been reported and one has been photographed so far!!salmon-in-arcade-creek-2016-november

This is the first male we’ve documented since we began monitoring Arcade Creek in December 2015!

If you are interested in helping please contact Bill at or Gregg at

Thanks for your interest!!!

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Creek Week 2017 Update

The next county-wide creek clean-up will be the morning of Saturday, April 29, 2017. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made Creek Week 2016 a success! See our Results Report for Creek Week 2016.

Check our event website for further updates and to register to volunteer.

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Salmon spotted in Arcade Creek

160208 salmon photoDecember 26, 2015 – Bill Templin and Doug Masterson documented and photographed a live Chinook Salmon at the USGS Gaging Station in Arcade Creek just upstream of Watt Ave. Photo to the left.

Dec. 27, 2015 – Randy Smith, local resident along Arcade Creek reported having seen a Chinook Salmon swimming in Arcade Creek near the foot bridge near Pasadena Ave.

Feb. 6, 2016 – Bill Templin, Regan Morey and Randy Smith documented and photographed a 27″ female Chinook Salmon upstream of Auburn Blvd.

Feb. 7, 2016 – Randy Smith spoke with Ken Copeland and Bill Templin confirmed on Feb. 8, 2016 that Ken and his daughter Kelly reported observing a salmon over 20 inches long in a pool upstream of a beaver dam on Arcade Creek upstream of the “pipe bridge” at American River College.                           For more info and pictures…

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Creek Week 2015 Results

RC14 Volunteers pose with haulThanks to all who helped with Creek Week 2015. It was our 25th annual creek clean-up! See our results report here. Galt’s report on their seven years of being part of Creek Week is here. Take a look at our photo albums on our Facebook Page, Creek Week Sacramento. And be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s clean-up date of Saturday, April 9.

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Creek Week 2015

The next county-wide creek clean-up will be the morning of Saturday, April 18, 2015. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made Creek Week 2014 a success! Howe-Santa Anita Park4488

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Creek Week 2014

Mark your calendar for April 12, 2014.

Volunteers will clean Sacramento region creeks from 9 until noon.

Then all are invited to the Celebration at Carmichael Park for a hot dog lunch & entertainment.

Volunteer registration will open March 1 at

Check the Creek Week web site for other Creek Week activities that will start April 4, 2014.

Volunteers of any age can help. It's fun!

Volunteers of any age can help. It’s fun!
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A Successful Creek Week 2013

Thank you to the 2,500 volunteers who cleaned Sacramento County’s creeks this spring. They removed close to 20 tons of garbage along 35 miles of waterway. The larger than normal garbage haul was due mostly to new clean-up locations in the Delta and Rancho Cordova.

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Creek Week 2013 Planning

You are welcome to help with the planning of Creek Week. Check here for the latest.

Meeting notes  for October 11, 2012 Next meeting is Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 a.m.

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