East Fork Hood River Head Gate

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement
Project ID12-Warm-03
Recovery DomainsWillamette R. - Lower Columbia
Start Date06/01/2013
End Date11/28/2013
Last Edited10/21/2021
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The EIFD Headgate Project construction was completed and became operational in October, 2013. Activities since the last reporting period included excavation to connect the headgate to the existing canal, decommissioning the old headgate, bank stabilization around the old headgate., and installation of safety chains and fence. Site restoration and revegetation of the site occurred in October, 2013 and March, 2014 respectively.

Project Benefit    

The 4 foot high EFID push-up dam at RM 6.4 of the East Fork Hood River, combined with the effects of high water withdrawals (up to 131 cfs), has been responsible for blocking upstream access for Lower Columbia ESU winter steelhead, Coho, and spring Chinook for almost 100 years. The dam limits access to roughly 20 miles of upstream habitat. The current project will eliminate the upstream passage barrier via installing a new diversion structure and fish ladder and insuring adequate flow for fish passage.

The above described withdrawal contributes to three aquatic limiting factors identified in the 2004 NWPCC Hood River Subbasin Plan. (1)Key Habitat Quantity and (2)Flow is reduced below the diversion. (3)Stream temperature is seasonally increased below the diversion as a result of decreased East Fork flows.


Metric Completed Originally
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed 1 1
  Miles Opened 20.00 20.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$2,319,520

Project Map


East Fork Hood River Headgate    

  • Worksite Identifier: East Fork Hood River Headgate
  • Start Date:
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Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette R. - Lower Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.5155
  • Longitude: -121.5644


  • Lower Columbia River Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Lower Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon ESU



Bypass Channel


  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 2,319,520.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .01
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, (CRITFC, 1996) Hood River Watershed Assessment (NWPPC, 1999) Hood River Subbasin Plan (NWPPC, 2004) Hood River Basin Aquatic Restoration Strategy (USFS, 2006) Hood River Watershed Action Plan (HRWG, 2008)
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      The newly constructed fish ladder will have a flow gauge installed. The East Fork Irrigation District (EFID) and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) will visually inspect and record flow levels through the fish ladder to insure that the operation of the fish ladder is in compliance with fish passage needs as per NOAA Fisheries fish passage requirements. The CTWS will conduct fish passage analysis in the reach immediately below the new diversion to ensure adult spring Chinook upstream migration as per a Memorandum of Agreement that will be entered into between the EFID and the CTWS.
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding 2,319,520.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible 20.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.2 Square miles of streambed made accessible80 (Square miles)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.3 Type of blockage/barrier (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage 0
      •      . . . . C.2.c.1 Fish passage blockages removed or altered (other than road crossings reported in C.2.f to C.2.i)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.c.2 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers removed/altered 1
      •      . . . . C.2.e.1 Fish ladder installed/improvedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.e.2 Number of fish ladders installed/improved 1