An anadromous, year-round creek fed by springs and runoff, Fauntleroy Creek is on the West Seattle peninsula, across
Elliott Bay from downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. It drops 300 feet in elevation over its one-mile course from
wetlands in Fauntleroy Park to Puget Sound, due north of the ferry pier in Fauntleroy Cove. Thanks to Fauntleroy
Park, smaller park spaces, and an undeveloped city right-of-way, much of the creek corridor is in public ownership.
Water Volume and Quality
Discharge is typically .5 cubic feet per second. During heavy rain, it increases to as much as 4 cubic feet per second.
Water temperature (about 50o F. year round) and dissolved oxygen are healthy for salmonids and aquatic insects. As
in other urban creeks, fecal coliform bacteria, primarily from pet waste, are an ongoing pollution concern.
Historically a habitat for cutthroat trout, the creek has provided nurturing habitat for coho salmon since 1991, when
schoolchildren began releasing fry reared through the statewide Salmon in the Classroom program. Coho have
spawned in the lower creek between Halloween and Thanksgiving since 1994; the number has ranged from 0 to nearly
200, principally dependent on nearshore and ocean conditions, as well as predation.
Cove Park and Lincoln Park provide the public with glimpses of nearshore habitat in Fauntleroy Cove, where juvenile
salmon come from far and near for food and protection as they prepare for their time in open water.