In 2015 a group of about 60 concerned anglers wrote a letter to the US Forest Service Hebo Ranger District about a barrier that was blocking the migration of salmon in North Creek, a tributary to Drift Creek. Construction started a few short months ago after nearly 5 years of project design, fundraising, and planning. Now, the North Creek fish passage project has finally been completed and for the first time in 62 years, Chinook and coho salmon, as well as, steelhead, cutthroat, and a myriad of other aquatic species are starting to freely pass into the upper extent of this watershed.
To celebrate, The Native Fish Society and it’s partners are hosting an event October 19th from 1-6pm at the Drift Creek Camp. Activities involved will include a hike into the headwaters of North Creek, salmon viewing, and a short overview of the site history, project design, and expected results (scheduled to take place at 2pm). With the forecasted rains the middle of next week, we may be able to see salmon swimming through the site!!!
Please share the opportunity to see this project with anyone you feel would be interested, and be sure to checkout a few of the photographs included below.
Here is a link to the North Creek Salmon Celebration on our website: https://nativefishsociety.org/events/north-creek-celebration, as well as the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116341595243195/.
Thanks for all of your contributions to this effort, and I hope to see you at the event on October 19th!