Omak Creek Summer Steelhead Habitat/Passage Project

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat Upland Habitat And Sediment
Project IDCCT02-4
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date09/01/2002
End Date08/31/2005
Last Edited08/27/2020
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All consultation and permitting requirements were completed. Preliminary evaluation for design work to develop instream structures required to restore fish passage in the Mission Falls area was completed. In October of 2003, a survey was conducted to develop a stream profile with cross-sections which will form the basis for design of the instream structures. The Colville Tribes will begin development of the final design in coordination with other Tribal departments during winter of 2004. Construction/installation is expected occur during the low water flow season in late 2004 (pending clarification of cultural resource questions). Once completed, these instream structures will compromise the lowest barriers in Mission Falls and restore access to upper reaches of this vital watershed. In addition to this work in late 2003 two damaged and undersized culverts on the Haley Creek road which were in eminent danger of washing out and thus destroying essential downstream spawning habitat used by endangered summer steelhead were successfully replaced with a bottomless culvert at approximately RM 9.0.

Objectives 1 and 2 are completed. Objective 3- The CCT F&W Department is continuing efforts to improve steelhead passage at the base of Mission Falls on Omak Creek. The process has involved the development of a probable cost opinion for completion of passage improvements. Based on the probable cost opinion, approximately $50,000 in addition to PCSRF were identified as necessary to complete the project. The Tribe is currently seeking additonal funding through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board small grant program. Additonally, the Tribe has submitted a request to the Bonneville Power Administration to cost share the additonal funding through conservation measures identified for the ESA listed steelhead.

The CCT was successful in securing additional funds through the Natural Resources Conservation Service to construct and install three instream structures at the base of Mission Falls. Construction of the structures started September 16, 2005 and was completed September 30, 2005. The three structures were constructed from a variety of diameters of iron pipe. The upstream front of each structure was lined with erosion control matting to prevent flow from seeping between each pipe. The purpose of the three structures are to develop a pool downstream of each impediment, which will allow adult steelhead to navigate over and through the obstacle. To evaluate the navigability of adult steelhead through Mission Falls gorge, redd and snorkel surveys will be conducted beginning in the spring of 2006. In addition, a picket-weir trap will be installed in Stapaloop Creek, a tributary of Omak Creek located upstream of Mission Falls, to evaluate passage of adult steelhead through Mission Falls.

Project Benefit    

Restore and make available approximately 16-miles of spawning and rearing habitat for summer steelhead.


Metric Completed Originally
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .00 1.00
  Acres Treated .0 1.0
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed
  Miles Opened 32.00 32.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$131,418

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 66
  • Start Date: 09/01/2002
  • End Date: 08/31/2005
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Upper Columbia
  • Subbasin: Okanogan
  • Watershed: Omak Creek
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 48.4000005271286
  • Longitude: -119.50000033644


  • Upper Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Upper Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding .00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 16.00
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      Canopy cover surveys, redd counts, creel surveys, abundance, frequency, length, and other data was collected on schedule in 2002 and 2003. See CCY02-5 and CCT03-3.
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible 32.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage 2
      •      . . . . C.2.f.1 Culvert installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.3 Miles of stream made accessible by culvert installation/upgrade 16.00
      •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .00
        •      . . . . C.4.c.1 Channel reconfiguration and connectivityY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.d.1 Channel structure placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.e.1 Streambank stabilization Y (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.e.3 Miles of streambank stabilized .00
        •      . . . . C.4.g.1 Plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
        •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .00
          •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated .0
          •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control .0
          •      . . C.6 Upland Habitat And Sediment ProjectY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . C.6.b.1 Acres of upland habitat area treated .0
            •      . . . . C.6.b.2 Miles of road treated in upland area .00
            •      . . . . C.6.c.1 Road drainage system improvements and reconstructionY (Y/N)