Silver Creek.JPG

"I first took 5-6 members of CSF into Bluebird Creek in 1979  to follow up on a conversation I had with a fishery biologist who told me that he felt Bluebird Creek was historically the most important spawning tributary of the upper Washougal.  I kept this in mind in hopes of finding Bluebird Creek to be an outstanding summer steelhead spawning stream.  Unfortunately, what we found was a massive logjam near the mouth of Bluebird Creek, cemented in with gravel far behind it that was one of those rare instances when logjams can indeed block migration.  What is more, it obviously had trapped a great deal of gravel that the Washougal below could well benefit from.    

 

I can’t adequately relay the emotions on seeing the video and to know that at last wild summer steelhead have access to the fine habitat of Bluebird Creek whose history had been plagued by the 1902 Yacolt Burn, mining activities, and subsequent logging activities back in the 1930s-1950s."

BILL MCMILLAN

South Fork Toutle River - Little Cow Creek project

Confluence of Little Cow Creek and the S

The Little Cow Creek project will address key limiting factors for ESA-listed fall Chinook, coho, and winter steelhead in critical off channel habitat of the upper SF Toutle River. The project aims to extend the range of usable habitat for Chinook as well as diversify existing steelhead and coho habitat. Little Cow Creek offers off-channel, side-channel, and wall-based channel habitat as well as protected Chinook spawning. Little Cow Springs was previously enhanced by WDFW in the 1980s following the eruption of Mt. St. Helens; it offers critical off-channel habitat. LCFEG will produce a preliminary design that will enhance the habitat and ensure it is available to fish at critical life stages. Little Cow Springs and Little Cow Creek confluences with the SF Toutle are in the lower end of a long valley in the upper watershed. Prior to the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980, this high valley supported significant runs of Chinook, coho, steelhead, and sea run cutthroat trout and LCFEG is using this grant round as a starting point to recovering these unique and important fish populations. Overall treatment will cover 1,976’ of instream and 2,040’ of off-channel with 62 structures, 37.7 acres of riparian habitat with late successional and beaver-friendly species, and 895’ of floodplain forest with floodplain roughness. (Funding for this project is provided by the Washington State RCO Salmon Recovery Funding Board)