Evans Creek Fish Passage Restoration at Hutson Road

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement
Project ID15-Warm-03
Recovery DomainsWillamette R. - Lower Columbia
Start Date07/01/2016
End Date09/30/2019
Last Edited10/21/2021
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Under this project, a 100 ft. long 6 ft. diameter culvert and 10 dilapidated rock gabions were removed to correct fish passage barriers in Evans Creek, a tributary to the East Fork Hood River. Evans Creek offers potential for key spawning and rearing habitat for fish in the glacially influenced East Fork subwatershed. By removing the culvert, upstream habitat for winter-run steelhead and coho salmon was opened up by providing a more natural alignment and habitat complexity.

After two years of permitting and contract delay the project was completed during the summer 2019. Using non-PCSRF funds an existing 4-foot diameter road culvert was replaced with a bottomless arch culvert with an approximate span of 20 feet and rise of 8 feet. An abandoned 100 ft. long 6 ft. diameter culvert and 10 dilapidated rock gabions located downstream of the road crossing were removed using PCSRF funding. PCSRF funds were used to purchase and transport approximately 450 cu yards of rock and boulders to construct six grade control structures and velocity controls. More than 450 feet of new stream channel was constructed using other funding sources. This project restored fish passage to 1.3 miles of Evans Creek for winter-run steelhead and coho salmon. Partners include Hood River County, Hood River Watershed Group, CTWS, BPA, and OWEB.

Project Benefit    

This project addresses the basin limiting factors of physical habitat quality and habitat access as identified in the Lower Columbia River Recovery Plan (ODFW, 2010). Addressed limiting factors identified in the NWPCC Hood River Subbasin Plan for Fish and Wildlife (Coccoli 2004) and the Hood River Aquatic Habitat Restoration Strategy (Shively, USFS 2006) are habitat diversity, key habitat quantity, channel stability, and fish passage. Evans Creek has naturally clear water, in contrast to the glacially influenced East Fork Hood River. This makes it particularly valuable to ESA-listed winter steelhead and coho. This project will resolve a key fish passage barrier located in essential salmonid habitat in Evans Creek and open up 1.3 miles of habitat for winter steelhead and coho. Channel restoration will also improve spawning and rearing habitat and stream and floodplain habitat complexity within the project area. Measurable outcomes of the project will be restoration of 0.54 acres of riparian area and 450 feet of stream channel, in addition to restored adult and juvenile passage. Restored riparian area, habitat complexity, and fish passage resulting from this project will benefit steelhead and coho in Evans Creek and the East Fork Hood River through increased fish habitat quantity and access to 1.3 miles of fish habitat.


Metric Completed Originally
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed 10 10
  Miles Opened 1.30 1.30

Funding Details

Report Total:$217,000

Project Map


Evans Culvert at Hudson Rd. crossing    

  • Worksite Identifier: Evans Culvert at Hudson Rd. crossing
  • Start Date: 07/01/2016
  • End Date: 09/30/2019
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette R. - Lower Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.497083
  • Longitude: -121.588783


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




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 217,000.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .09
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Hood River Soil and Conservation District, Hood River Watershed Action Plan, 2014, Hood River, Oregon. Pg. 26
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding 217,000.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible 1.30
      •      . . . . C.2.b.2 Square miles of streambed made accessible0 (Square miles)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.3 Type of blockage/barrier (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage 11
      •      . . . . 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 10
      •      . . . . C.2.f.1 Culvert installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.2 Number of culverts installed or improved 1
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.3 Miles of stream made accessible by culvert installation/upgrade 1.30
      •      . . . . C.2.i.1 Road stream crossing removal Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.i.2 Number of road crossings removed 0
        •      . . . . . . C.2.i.3 Miles of stream made accessible by road stream crossing removal .00