White River Large Wood Atonement

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat
Project ID11-1460 R
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/08/2011
End Date01/31/2015
Last Edited04/19/2022
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The objective of the White River Large Wood Atonement project was to accelerate floodplain recovery and enhance instream function in the lower White River. This project improved habitat for all salmonids that utilize the lower White River, including: spring Chinook, steelhead, sockeye, and bull trout throughout the 2.75 mi. treatment reach. This was accomplished by installing vertical LWD pieces in specific locations where it is expected to collect and retain more wood that is currently floated through the system. These structures are intended to accumulate logs which are currently not large enough to be persistent on their own due to extensive 20th century logging in the riparian zone and log drives which removed most of the large instream log jams. Retaining more LWD will increase local bed elevations, increase channel dynamics, and provide more extensive, complex instream habitat. The entire reach is currently owned by WDFW and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and is managed for conservation purposes. Because of the sensitive and unroaded character of this reach, we used techniques that have minimal construction impact and like the original logging operations, utilized the river for equipment and log transport. The lower White River is a Category 1 watershed and is a major spawning area for spring Chinook and steelhead while also being a core area for bull trout.

Project Benefit    

The goal of the White River Large Wood Atonement project is to increase retention and persistence of mobile wood (RM 2.6 – 4.2), to enhance instream habitat and improve adult holding and juvenile rearing for native salmonids.


Metric Completed Originally
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 2.75 2.75

Funding Details

In-Kind Donated Labor$16,667
Report Total:$456,216

Project Map


1-Lower White River (RM 6- RM    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Lower White River (RM 6- RM
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Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Upper Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 47.85052916
  • Longitude: -120.84583229


  • Upper Columbia River Summer- and Fall-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Salmon ESU
  • Upper Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Upper Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 456,215.56
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 2.75
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      The White River is a tier 1 watershed in the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook and SteelheadRecovery Plan. The Recovery Plan lists protection and acquisition as priority actions for the White River which have already been achieved for the riparian corridor within the proposed project reach. See proposal for more detail.
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding 456,215.56
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated 2.75
      •      . . . . C.4.d.1 Channel structure placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.2 Material used for channel structure (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.3 Miles of stream treated through channel structure placement 2.75
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 28
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 28