Whiskey Creek Cattle Crossing Bridge

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Riparian Habitat
Project IDKlamath-2018-2
Recovery Domains -
Start Date01/01/2020
End Date09/30/2019
Last Edited04/05/2020
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Riparian Fences and Cattle Crossings: Riparian exclusion fencing and cattle crossings (bridge) are a relatively straight-forward and inexpensive method by which to improve riparian condition and associated aquatic habitat and geomorphology characteristics in impaired stream systems. In particular, a reduction or elimination in riparian cattle grazing can increase woody vegetation in the riparian area. Increasing riparian canopy over small streams is an effective way to reduce solar ratiation reaching the stream; this in turn may lower stream temperatures to meet guidelines for salmonid habitat. Additionally, riparian canopy can facilitate increases in aquatic macroinvertebrate populations important for juvenile salmonids.

Whiskey Creek is a tributary to the Sprague River near Beatty, Oregon in the upper Sprague River watershed. The Klamath Tribes have identified several restoration activities on the Whiskey Creek Ranch. Installation of an off-stream watering facility and riparian cattle exclusion fencing are being funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Grants in the amount of $100,000.

Cattle graze on both sides of Whiskey Creek on the Whiskey Creek Ranch and historically waded through the creek to get to the other side increasing sedimentation and addition of manure and nutrients. To reduce streambank erosion and sediment and nutrient loading to the stream, PCSRF funds will be used for placement of a cattle crossing bridge on this property to keep cattle out of Whiskey Creek in the amount of $25,000

Project Benefit    

Installation of an off-stream watering facility and riparian cattle exclusion fencing on Whiskey Creek, and to reduce streambank erosion and sediment and nutrient loading to the stream by placing a cattle crossing bridge to keep the cattle out of Whiskey Creek.


Metric Completed Originally
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .50
  Acres Treated 100.0

Funding Details

Report Total:$125,000

Project Map


Lower Whiskey Creek    

  • Worksite Identifier: Lower Whiskey Creek
  • Start Date: 04/01/2020
  • End Date:
Area Description
Located in the lower portion of Whiskey Creek a tributary of the Sprague River

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath
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  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain:
  • Latitude: 42.438432583586795
  • Longitude: -121.34161949157393


  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU




  • 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
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
    •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding
      •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated
      •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated
      •      . . . . C.5.f.1 Water gap developmentY (Y/N)