Bear Branch Habitat Restoration Project

Restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion efforts along the Bear Branch trib­u­tary to the North San­tiam River are part of a larger regional ini­tia­tive to improve water­shed health.

Water­shed Quick Facts

1. How large is the area of land that drains into Bear Branch Creek?

13 square miles

2. How long is Bear Branch Creek?

10 miles

3. What is the range of ele­va­tion of Bear Branch Creek?

4. How is land in the Bear Branch Creek Water­shed Used?

The land area sur­round Bear Branch Creek is used by a vari­ety of diverse water users, includ­ing range­land and crop­land agri­cul­ture, rural res­i­den­tial landown­ers, forestry, and urban landowners.

The relative percentages of land use in Bear Branch Creek.

The rel­a­tive per­cent­ages of land use in Bear Branch Creek.

What kinds of fish use Bear Branch Creek?

Over the last ten years, fish sur­veys con­ducted by the Ore­gon Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife have shown the pres­ence of a num­ber of dif­fer­ent species, includ­ing cut­throat trout, sum­mer steel­head, dace, red­side shiner, peamouth, sculpin, brook lam­prey, north­ern pikeminnow, and three-spine stick­le­back. These stud­ies also indi­cated that Bear Branch Creek offers valu­able habi­tat for native fish, includ­ing Upper Willamette win­ter steel­head. Bear Branch Creek has 3.6 stream miles of poten­tial rearing/migration habi­tat for spring Chi­nook and 3.9 stream miles of poten­tial rearing/migration habi­tat for win­ter steelhead.



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