North Wind’s Weir, 2914 South 112th St. Tukwila, WA 98168
Owner: City of Tukwila
North Wind’s Weir is a 2.5 acre site which use to house derelict vehicles and old pallets. With a collaborative effort between agencies, municipalities and non-profit organizations this site has become a model of successful habitat restoration. It’s located at the critical transition zone of salt and freshwater mixing that is especially important to threatened salmon in the Green-Duwamish River watershed. Young salmon coming from higher in the Green-Duwamish River will feed, hide from predators and high river flows, and get used to salt water in the shallow waters of the project. Trees, shrubs and marsh plants will host insects that feed the young fish as they prepare for their lives in salt water.
It is possible to launch a kayak, depending on the tidal level of the river. This location is affected by tidal action.
- Blue Herons can be seen at low tide feeding on fish among the rocks
- Bald Eagles nest just down river in the large trees on the west bank
- Salmon in their juvenile stage rest in the inlets on both sides of the river during their spring journey to Puget Sound, while as adults they can be seen returning in September through January.
- Depending on the time of year, many other shore birds can be seen as well.