2015 Swinomish Indian Tribe Salmon Harvest – La Conner, Washington

The motorhome is parked the Thousand Trails RV Resort located in La Conner, Washington. I’ve been here several times in past years. My membership allows a maximum of a three-week stay, out for one-week and then you can return to the first park. My departure date is September 2nd.

I’m just hanging out taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.

Mary’s personal to-do list plate, which can only be handled by herself, continues to over-flow. Recently we acknowledged that her meeting up with me in September, just is not going to happen.   😦

I’ll next likely see her when I arrive at her home in November. A friend recently expressed a concern about the status of our relationship. Not to worry…it continues to function per our original agreement when we met in October, 2008. That is…I remain on the road and she will join me when her other life allows. We talk every day on the phone…sometimes more than once. It’s just the way life is!


In my 16 years acquaintance with this Thousand Trails RV Resort…I’ve managed to see the Swinomish Indian salmon harvest about five times. It does not occur every year. The resort is located on leased land from the Swinomish Indian Tribe. Five days ago I published a blog entry about this event…not knowing it was about to happen again…yesterday.

If you missed that blog entry, you can see it by clicking this link…http://wp.me/pDCku-crX

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…



Looking out my dinette window yesterday morning, seeing the net buoys, I knew it was going to happen again…




I grabbed my camera and walked over to the vantage point…




Unlike past years, there were a lot fewer people involved…




The net is finally in…




From a distance the average seems to be in the 5-10 pound range…




The catch seemed fewer in numbers than past years…




I’m uncertain what type of salmon they are…




The best way to get them into the storage bins is via air mail…




In past years. I’ve only seen them do only one netting. Yesterday  they kept at it all day long…




This blue heron watched with interest but did not get involved that I saw…




At eight o’clock at night they were still at it as seen in the upper left here…



It’s most enjoyable to watch such a tradition that has gone on for a very long time.

When I turned in at 9 PM they had some bright lights and were still at it.

Here’s  their website link…http://www.swinomish-nsn.gov/nativecatch/index.html



Yesterday was a mostly sunny and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 77 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


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2 thoughts on “2015 Swinomish Indian Tribe Salmon Harvest – La Conner, Washington

  1. Hi Jim, I’m an information officer with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and I work with the Swinomish Tribe. These are pink salmon, which return only in odd-numbered years. So that’s why you don’t see it every year. I saw your post the other day and I’m glad you were still there for the first day of the harvest yesterday.

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Kari,
      Thanks for your message and info. They looked like pinks to me while I was watching, but I didn’t want to make a mistake. I like my blog posting to be as accurate as possible.

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