Each year during the rainy season, coho salmon and steelhead trout make the difficult journey from the ocean back to Lagunitas and other local creeks to spawn, or lay their eggs, before they die. The Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area next to Lagunitas Creek is now open to the public so visitors can have a firsthand look at this thrilling event.
Last year MMWD completed a number of grant-funded improvements to the viewing area, including resurfacing the parking lot with environmentally friendly permeable concrete that allows rain to percolate into the ground, improving access for people with disabilities, installing new educational signage and restoring habitat along the creek bank.
The viewing area, located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard just past Shafter Bridge in West Marin, will be open daily, sunrise to sunset, through February. Parking is limited to one hour. If you go, please remain behind the fence, minimize noise and avoid sudden movements so that the fish may spawn undisturbed. The best time to see spawning fish is within a few days following a rainstorm.