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DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

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Address: 2697 Channel Dr, Juneau, AK 99801-7813
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor's Center offers a unique variety of...

The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor's Center offers a unique variety of attractions & a truly Alaskan experience! Get a birds-eye-view of our outdoor hatchery operations while a local guide shares with you the fascinating life cycle of an Alaskan salmon and the inner workings of the hatchery. During the months of May and June, you will have the opportunity to see juvenile salmon prior to their release. Adult salmon start returning in Late June and continue through October. Bald Eagles and seals frequent the hatchery and provide a fantastic wildlife viewing opportunity. Once inside, explore our salt water aquariums displaying over 150 species of marine life, including touch-tank aquariums where you will have the chance to physically interact with local sea animals. Venture through our gift-shop where we make it easy to ship wild Alaskan salmon anywhere in the United States. Wow your taste buds when you take the opportunity to taste a variety of salmon samples such as: king salmon dip, salmon caviar, salmon jerky, & canned salmon. A fun, affordable, & educational experience for the whole family!

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They aren't really open during winter, however if you call at least 24 hours in advance they will give you a tour at 2:30 pm mon-fri. There are a few neat things to see here in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 December 2016
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My brother and I visited DIPAC 2/16/17. I called the day before to set up a tour for the following day at 2:30. Tours are free, but you can donate if you wish. To our surprise, we were the only two guests, and had a private tour with an amazing young lady named Katie. Katie is a marine biologist and... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting, tidbit2015! We are happy to share our excitement about hatchery happenings with visitors any time of the year, as there is always something important going on here in the salmon life cylce! Most visitors come in the summer time, when one-on-one tours aren't always possible, but winter time is a great time to avoid the crowds.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This quick tour was well worth the minimal cost. There's a great touch and feel exhibit, the guide was very knowledgable and gave us a great appreciation of the wonderful salmon we all enjoy.

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks Denise! We work hard to ensure everyone enjoys their visit and we're sure glad you did! We are always excited to share our enthusiasm about salmon and their importance in Alaska and the world! Thanks again. More 

Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

They aren't really open during winter, however if you call at least 24 hours in advance they will give you a tour at 2:30 pm mon-fri. There are a few neat things to see here in off-season however I would advise to come July-August to see the fish returning up the fish ladders and also see the fish in outdoor... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and review like2travelplaces! We're glad you enjoyed your time even during our slowest time of year in regards to hatchery activity. Even in the dead of winter, there's something happening here. More 

Baltimore, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

There's not a whole lot to see here, but what you see is pretty interesting. It's not that expensive and worth a visit. Just don't expect to be here for a long time. It was not terribly far out of town, and we accessed the sight as part of a trolley tour.

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Westernfb! Our visitor center does it's best to highlight the incredible story of Alaskan salmon hatcheries. If you come visit again, ask about taking the "deluxe" tour. There's much more to see than what the visitor center allows with the standard admission. Glad you enjoyed your trip! More 

North Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We visited in early August, so were lucky to be there for the salmon run. As non Alaskans we were absolutely fascinated by the seething mass of fish around the intake and enjoyed watching several sea lions diving through the pooling salmon just gorging themselves. We spent some time watching the fish fight to move through the crowded tanks up... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks for your review 1never2late! Even Alaskans enjoy visiting our facility. It's an incredible sight to see! More 

Zug, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We went to the Hatchery because it was raining and too cloudy to hike and I am so glad we did. It's a fantastic operation and completely unique. A really interesting and unusual way to spend the afternoon. A real must in Juneau.

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks Sara! We're glad you were able to see the uniqueness of this operation. We've worked hard to make it a great visit and it's great that you thought it was. Thanks again. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We found this to be an interesting visit. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The process was interesting mainly because it was assisting the salmon to breed rather than farming. Once the salmon had spawned, they were released into the wild before they returned to mate.

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks Karen! We're glad you enjoyed it. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

It was cool to see the salmon returning to spawn and see the millions of fish waiting to go out into the ocean, enjoyed the knowledge of the staff especially where you can touch the starfish and other sea creatures. We were there as part of a cruise excursion, so the price of going there, the mendenhall glacier and salmon... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks George G! We get the feedback a lot that the excursion prices are "okay" or worse. We charge only $5 for admissions. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We only had a short while at the hatchery but we were amazed at the size of the salmon and number of salmon.

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Thanks for your review tamlei! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We visited in late August, just days after most of the salmon stopped running (so we were told by our taxi driver, and the staff at the hatchery). We were able to see some salmon in the fish ladders, but our "behind-the-scenes" tour was a complete waste of time and money. There is not a whole lot to see in... More 

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DIPACtours, Manager at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, responded to this review

Hey there PointsWellTaken. We spoke when you came here and as a result of your complaint we refunded your tour. The other people on your behind-the-scenes tour enjoyed the tour. It's a bit unclear what you mean by "nothing was going on behind the scenes", but the tour you took brought you into areas where our standard tour doesn't go.... More 

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