Muckleshoot Tribe

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is named after the prairie where the Muckleshoot reservation was established in 1857. The tribe’s members are descended from the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup people.

Muckleshoot Tribe Area of Concern:

The Muckleshoot Tribe works in WRIAs 8,9, and 10, encompassing the White River, Lake Washington, and the Green-Duwamish watershed. Both basins have been heavily developed, losing much of their habitat, and Lake Washington is the most populated basin in Puget Sound. Most of the upper White River has been heavily logged, and Commencement Bay has a long history of industrial contamination. Hatcheries play an important role in maintaining salmon populations in these watersheds. Less than five miles of marine shoreline within these basins is unaltered. Docks and piers also interfere with migration and rearing of juvenile Chinook. The tribe, through settlement agreements with municipal water suppliers, has protected and restored normal flows in the Cedar, Green, and White Rivers, but many tributaries still suffer from low flows.

Natural Resource Management:

  • In 2008, the Muckleshoot tribe began a feeding program for White River elk, following heavy snowfall that made it difficult for the elk to find food. Loss of habitat and other factors had already shrunk the herd below target population levels.

Map of Tribal Lands

Muckleshoot Tribe
39015 172nd Avenue SE
Auburn,WA 98092
(253) 939-3311
Fax: (253) 939-5311

(206) 931-0652
FAX: (253) 931-0752

Keta Creek Hatchery
34900 212th Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092
(253) 939-7738
FAX: (253) 735-1977

White River Hatchery
25305 SE Mud Mountain Rd.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 825-4575
FAX: (360) 825-427

Chairperson: Virginia Cross
Fisheries Contact: Isabel Tinoco

source: NWIFC