China Camp Creek - Tidegate Replacement (Phase 1)

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Pre-Restoration Acquisitions And Nursery Operations
Project ID11.438 Coquille 2016
Recovery DomainsOregon Coast
Start Date05/01/2017
End Date01/16/2018
Last Edited05/17/2021
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Phase one of the China Camp Creek Tide Gate Replacement project purchased the needed materials for the installation of side-hinged tide gates and culverts along the Coquille River. These “new” style tide gates and their frames will be lifted during flood events to allow full access to and from the Coquille River, where historically there would be no access until the river banks were overtopped. The project components are intended to restore ecological processes, which will create and maintain slow-water refugia. This will greatly improve access of juvenile OC Coho salmon to over 1,700 acres of off-channel, slow-moving water for over winter refugia.

Site 1: Includes improvement of fish passage by replacing seven existing tide gates and culverts with side hinged tide gates mounted on a vertical slide frame controlled by MTR (Muted Tidal Regulator) technology. The tide gates will provide lateral access to off-channel estuarine tidal areas and China Camp Creek, allowing for greater over wintering habitat along the Coquille River.

The project is complete and we are voluntarily terminated the project prior to the grant end date. An approval for termination amendment was granted on April 30, 2019. All PCSRF project funds ($400,000) was spent.

Project Benefit    

The upgraded infrastructure will allow Unit 2, over 400 acres, to be placed under some level of tidal influence year around. Unit 2 will contain over seven miles of flood plain channels that will be reconnected to the Coquille River through the new culvert/tide gate structure. Estimates of juvenile OC Coho salmon using the Winter Lake area after infrastructure upgrades, implementation of the District Water Management Plan (DWMP), and habitat restoration, is 250,000-300,000 smolts. At present, few exist due to passage problems.
Currently, water quality in the Beaver Slough Drainage District ditch and canal system, as well as China Camp Creek is poor due to high temperatures and low dissolved oxygen. By using the new infrastructure which is capable of adjusting interior water levels and implementation of the DWMP, the District will be able to manage water flows from the Coquille River which will reduce water temperatures and raise dissolved oxygen levels that will help fish, wildlife, and local agricultural operations while addressing the limiting factors identified in the three plans.
This outcome will result in much improved fish passage, especially for juvenile OC Coho salmon and downstream migrating OC Coho smolts. The vertical slide frame equipped tide gates will be raised during winter high water events in the Coquille River to provide full access into the Winter Lake area (approximately 1,700 acres) and the China Camp Creek watershed at a time when OC Coho juveniles are seeking refuge from the high winter flow velocities.
The Nature Conservancy and Wild Rivers Coast Alliance contracted with an OC Coho salmon researcher Tom Nickelson, in 2012 to predict what benefits we could expect by providing much improved access to Winter Lake coupled with restored winter habitat in Unit 2. The estimate of returning adults indicates that with improved fish access into this restored winter rearing habitat that we could see an additional 250-300,000 OC Coho salmon juveniles surviving the winter and migrating to the ocean as smolts, at a larger size with increased survival potential. Additionally, OC Coho salmon juveniles that find their way into Winter Lake area will be able to take advantage of the 400 plus acres of restored high quality rearing habitat in Unit 2 thus improving the effectiveness of the habitat improvement projects that will take place in 2017.


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Funding Details

Report Total:$4,261,553

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Site 1    

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Location Information

  • Basin: Southern Oregon Coastal
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Oregon Coast
  • Latitude: 43.19471297338464
  • Longitude: -124.26117181777586


  • Oregon Coast Coho Salmon ESU



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  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 4,261,553.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .01
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      National Marine Fisheries Service, 2015; Proposed Recovery Plan for Oregon Coast Coho Salmon Evolutionary Significant Unit; National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region, Portland, Oregon
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.12 Pre-Restoration Acquisitions And Nursery OperationsY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.12.a Pre-restoration funding 4,261,553.00
      •      . . . . C.12.b.1 Restoration materialsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.12.b.2
          Describe what was purchased
          1) Engineered and constructed tide gate with Muted Tidal Regulator/Vertical Slide Frame Assembly: seven 10ft by 8ft side-hinged aluminum tide gates, mounted on four vertical slide frames, controlled by hardware/softwear, engineered to meet ODFW and NMFS fish passage criteria. 2) Beaver Slough Drainage District project management: coordinate project logistics, project oversight, coordinating with general contractor and sub-contractors to manage performance and timelines, facilitate landowner relations, public outreach, contract review and development, billing and reporting. 3) Tribal: provide for Tribal staff to conduct site visit, project oversight and grant management.