Wheeler Gorge Campground Final Designs

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID1551969320235
Recovery DomainsS. California - S. Central CA Coast
Start Date06/01/2019
End Date02/24/2021
Last Edited08/03/2022
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This project completed 100% designs for the removal of four barriers to Southern steelhead migration in the Wheeler Gorge Campground on North Fork Matilija and Bear Creeks, and replace two of these barriers with vehicular bridges. The removal of these barriers will result in an additional 13 miles of good quality habitat to be made available to SCS in the Ventura River watershed.

Project Benefit    

The proposed project will develop 100% design plans for the removal of four barriers to Southern California steelhead migration within the Ventura River watershed. This project would ultimately provide additional habitat to SCS habitat, which has been identified as one of the key limiting factors to SCS population growth.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

In-Kind Donated Labor$8,320
In-Kind Other$49,581
Report Total:$188,204

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 1551969320419
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description
Wheeler Gorge Campground, Los Padres National Fore

Location Information

  • Basin: Ventura-San Gabriel Coastal
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: S. California - S. Central CA Coast
  • Latitude: 34.513196
  • Longitude: -119.273372


  • Southern California Steelhead DPS




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 188,204.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed .9
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 188,203.71
      •      . . . . B.1.b.2 Coordination on implementation of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.a
          Name of the Recovery Plan Implemented
          Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan (NMFS, 2012)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.b
          Description and scope of the Recovery Plan implemented
          The Project addresses ASC-SCS-3.1 Develop and implement plan to remove or modify fish passage barriers within the watershed
      •      . . . . B.1.b.11 Engineering/design work for restoration projectsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.a
          Name of plan implemented
          Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan (NMFS, 2012)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          The Ventura River Watershed is listed as a Core 1 Recovery watershed by NOAA, thus improving access to additional high-quality SCS habitat is necessary to support SCS populations. Habitat has been identified as a limiting factor to SCS populations, thus this project will directly address this limiting factor by opening up additional habitat via barrier removal.