North Santiam Headwaters Spring Chinook Salmon Habitat Improvement

The NSWC received fund­ing from OWEB in 2011 to assist with restor­ing spawn­ing habi­tat,  chan­nel com­plex­i­ty and off-chan­nel habi­tat for Upper Willamette Riv­er spring Chi­nook salmon both above and below Big Cliff and Detroit Dam in the North San­ti­am Watershed.

As part of the Haz­ards to Habi­tat Pro­gram the Ore­gon Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and the US For­est Ser­vice removed approx­i­mate­ly 85 haz­ard trees locat­ed along High­way 22. An addi­tion­al 35 large trees were tipped and along with the high­way trees placed in the main riv­er chan­nel, in side-chan­nels and in the rivers flood­plain. A total of 6 stream reach­es were improved with mul­ti­ple large wood struc­tures: 3 reach­es along the Upper North San­ti­am, 2 reach­es on Horn Creek and 1 reach on Mar­i­on Creek.

Horn Creek (Large Wood Placement)
Horn Creek (Grav­el aug­men­ta­tion and sill placement)
Stout Creek (Large wood placement)

In addi­tion to the large wood approx­i­mate­ly 100 cubic yards of spawn­ing grav­el was added to 0.25 miles of Horn Creek. Six log sills were also strate­gi­cal­ly placed in Horn Creek to help hold the grav­el in place.

To improve fish habi­tat con­di­tions below the dams the US For­est Ser­vice donat­ed large wood swept from Detroit Lake to the water­shed coun­cil. The large wood was incor­po­rat­ed into 4 coun­cil restora­tion projects on Snake Creek, Stout Creek, Cold Creek and Dieck­man Creek.

Reports & Project Photos:

USFS Haz­ards to Habi­tat Report: 2011 NSan­ti­amHdwtrs Haz-to-Hab

USFS Horn Creek Acoplish­ments Report: Horn Creek 2011 accomplishment

North San­ti­am near Horn Creek Project Pho­tos: HORN CREEK HH PROJECT 2011 GRANT

North San­ti­am near Straight Creek Project Pho­tos: STRAIGHT CREEK HH PROJECT 2011 GRANT

North San­ti­am near Lynx Creek Project Pho­tos: LYNX HH PROJECT 2011 GRANT

North San­ti­am near Fish­er Creek Project Pho­tos: FISHER HH PROJECT 2011 GRANT