Lower Buck Creek Habitat Enhancement Design

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID18-2042 P
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date12/05/2018
End Date12/05/2020
Last Edited04/19/2022
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Buck Creek is a significant tributary to the White Salmon River, upstream of former Condit Dam, and is being recolonized by steelhead, coho, and potentially Chinook and Bull trout. A privately-owned floodplain at 45.782423, -121.517876 is currently cut-off from access to fish by a boulder dike, and several headcuts are forming across the floodplain.

Underwood Conservation District worked with landowners and stakeholders to assess feasibility of appropriate restoration concepts and coordinated the design discussions and alternatives analysis aimed at reconnecting the disengaged floodplain to increase off-channel rearing and refuge for adult and juvenile salmonids. Activities over the grant period involved multiple site visits and meetings with landowners and County road dept. staff (two counties own roads adjacent to the project site), a community meeting to efficiently share information and gather feedback on potential project alternatives, site surveying, mapping and modeling to assess design concept feasibility, development of an alternatives analysis and conceptual designs, and continued landowner communications to convey project concepts and gather feedback.

Due to concerns from two landowners involved in the project, we were unable to proceed with any design alternative within the scope of the grant. A landowner upstream is open to installing large wood on the mainstem of Buck Creek which could help activate disconnected side channels; this could be pursued in a future project proposal. Unfortunately, we were unable to continue with project development, design and permitting as planned in the grant scope.

Project Benefit    

Same as Current Agreement. However, we were unable to fulfill the goal and expected benefits.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

In-Kind Volunteers$768
In-Kind Donated Labor$5,641
Report Total:$42,731

Project Map


1-Lower Buck Creek Floodplain    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Lower Buck Creek Floodplain
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette and Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.78272455
  • Longitude: -121.51854987


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




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 42,731.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 1.2
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected .40
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 42,731.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.11 Engineering/design work for restoration projectsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.a
          Name of plan implemented
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented