Camp Coweeman Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat
Project ID20-1081 R
Recovery DomainsWillamette R. - Lower Columbia
Start Date09/16/2020
End Date02/28/2025
Last Edited04/19/2022
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LCFEG will complete implementation of the 16-1668 design with this project. Cumulatively, the three phases of the original design and the sister project (20-1080) will create 7.35 miles of contiguous cold water habitat benefitting all life stages of ESA-listed Columbia River Chinook, coho, and steelhead. Weyerhaeuser has been a critical partner in allowing the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group to take on this endeavor. Phase III of the overarching project will enhance two side channels in the Coweeman River and initiate recovery of alluvial reaches in Baird Creek and the Coweeman by increasing wood loads and engaging adjacent terraces. In the years following implementation, fine sediments from historic logging practices will be flushed out, coarse spawning substrate will be retained, the floodplain will be engaged, and overall spawning and summer/winter rearing capacities will increase.

Project Benefit    

Goal 1: Increase available spawning habitat for a legacy population of ESA-listed fall Chinook by increasing wood loads in reach 18 of the Coweeman River to retain spawning substrate, reduce winter water velocities that can mobilize substrate and scour redds, and increase fry colonization habitat in spawning reaches to allow emerging fry to find refuge from spring flows

Goal 2: Create backwater habitats in alcoves and wider reaches of the Coweeman River (CW5 and CW7) where overwintering ESA-listed coho and steelhead and resident fish can find refuge from winter flows and quality forage habitat without getting flushed out of the upper river

Goal 3: Activate floodplain terraces with woody debris placement into channelized sections of Baird Creek creating valley-wide woody debris complexes that will retain spawning substrate, create pools, reduce flood intensity, and increase available spawning habitat and redd success for ESA-listed coho and steelhead


Metric Completed Originally
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 3.27

Funding Details

In-Kind Other$375,000
Report Total:$1,327,130

Project Map


1-Coweeman River and Baird Cr    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Coweeman River and Baird Cr
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Lower Columbia
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette R. - Lower Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.15860834
  • Longitude: -122.59544846


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




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . 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.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated
      •      . . . . 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
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel