Junken's Creek Bridge

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement Instream Habitat
Project IDOWEB 220-8208-17299
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date10/01/2019
End Date01/26/2022
Last Edited07/21/2022
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The Junkens Creek Passage Project is located near the confluence of Junkens Creek with Desolation Creek in Grant County, OR. An existing culvert on OHV trail 3015 is a barrier to fish passage for salmonids including ESA-listed bull trout, Mid-Columbia River steelhead and spring Chinook salmon and Interior redband trout. The section of Junkens Creek between the culvert and Desolation Creek lacks habitat complexity and juvenile salmonid rearing habitat. Replacement of the existing culvert would have provided salmonid access to approximately 1.5 miles of stream habitat. Due to an uncaught flaw in the design of the bridge to replace the culvert, a redesign had to be performed by the original contractor. Unfortunately, when finished, the redesign was not sufficient to clear regulatory hurdles. This, combined with unresolved logistical challenges involving the extreme difficulty of transporting materials to and operating at the site, made the project impossible to complete in its current form. As such, the project was cancelled.

Project Benefit    

This project will improve upstream passage to steelhead spawning and rearing habitat further upstream beyond the ATV trail crossing. LWD placement between the crossing and Junkens Creek confluence with Desolation Creek, will improve habitat complexity and summer rearing habitat in lower Junkens Creek for juvenile steelhead and Chinook salmon.

Junkens Creek typical summer temperatures provide a thermal refugium for steelhead and chinook salmon juveniles from higher temperatures in Desolation Creek (resident bull trout have been documented above the stream crossing), and bull trout observed downstream of the culvert in mid-summer, presumably desiring to pass upstream but unable to do so.


Metric Completed Originally
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .00 .10
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed
  Miles Opened .00 1.50

Funding Details

Report Total:$24,969

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 17299
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
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  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.87834019
  • Longitude: -118.78121629


  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 24,969.12
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .00
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2010-02-01, Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Steelhead Populations in the Middle Columbia River Steelhead Distinct Population Segment;
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding 24,969.12
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible .00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.3 Type of blockage/barrier (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage 0
      •      . . . . C.2.g.1 Bridge installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.g.2 Number of bridges installed or improved/upgraded 0
        •      . . . . . . C.2.g.3 Miles of stream made accessible by bridge installation or improvement/upgrade .00
      •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding .00
        •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .00
        •      . . . . C.4.d.1 Channel structure placementY (Y/N)