Celebrate Idaho’s iconic salmon runs
with IRU at Stanley and Boise events
Idaho Rivers United is celebrating the vitality of Idaho’s native salmon runs with two family-oriented events in late August and early September, one in Stanley and another in Boise.
Idaho’s salmon are the Olympic champions of the salmon world. They travel farther and climb higher — 900 miles and 6,500 vertical feet — than any other salmon run on Earth. But Idaho’s wild salmon runs still face the possibility of extinction because of four obsolete dams on the lower Snake River in Eastern Washington.
“The fish that do make it back to Idaho renew the circle of life are worthy of celebration,” said IRU Salmon Campaign Coordinator Greg Stahl. “These two outstanding events are designed to celebrate the return of our endangered salmon and also draw attention to their plight.”
Here are the details about both upcoming events:
Sawtooth Salmon Festival, Aug. 22 and 23, Stanley Museum
The annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival will be held in Stanley Aug. 22 and 23. It will kick off at the Stanley Museum Aug. 22, 5 p.m., with a presentation about Idaho’s salmon by biologist Bert Bowler. Bowler’s talk will be followed by screening of the award-winning documentary “DamNation,”at 8 p.m. at the Redfish Visitor’s Center.
The festival will kick into high gear on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Sawtooth Museum grounds with salmon spawning tours, vendor booths, lunch, music and more. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festivities will conclude Saturday night at 8 p.m. with a second screening of “DamNation” at the Stanley Community Center.
Boise Salmon Celebration Barbecue,Sept. 4, Julia Davis Park
On Thursday, Sept. 4, IRU and Reel Foods will revive a Boise tradition with a magnificent salmon barbecue following the MK Nature Center’s Salmon and Steelhead Days. To be held at the Boise Pavilion in Julia Davis Park (located just outside the Discovery Center), the event will feature a wild salmon dinner and music by Boise musicians Dan Costello and Blaze n Kelly. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Dinner and festivities will run 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sawtooth Salmon Festival, Aug. 22 and 23
Stanley Museum, Stanley
· Aug. 22, 5 p.m. Salmon presentation at Stanley Museum by biologist Bert Bowler.
· Aug. 22, 8 p.m. “DamNation” documentary at Redfish Lake Visitor’s Center.
· Aug. 23, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.Sawtooth Salmon Festival at the Stanley Museum includes spawning tours, vendor booths and lunch.
· Aug. 23, 8 p.m. “DamNation” documentary at Stanley Community Center.
Boise Salmon Barbecue, Sept. 4
Julia Davis Park, Boise
· Julia Davis Park at the Boise Pavilion just outside of the Discovery Center.
· $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
· Music by Boise musicians Dan Costello and Blaze n Kelly.