Morgan Property Acquisition

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Land or Easement Acquisition
Project ID005 21 SA
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/09/2021
End Date10/31/2022
Last Edited03/22/2022
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IDFG will acquire a 58.49 acre property located in the middle portion of the Lemhi watershed immediately upstream of the Lemhi River/Hayden Creek confluence. Approximately 10 acres occurs along the Lemhi River and associated floodplain, with 600 ft of river frontage. Bordering this property immediately downstream is the 25.4 acre Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Hayden Creek access property. Fish habitat rehabilitation efforts are being developed upstream and downstream of the Morgan property, and managers recognize the habitat benefits if this property was included in the conceptual designs.

Purchasing this property will provide a unique opportunity to rehabilitate a larger degraded section of the Lemhi River. It expands the river bottom IDFG property to approximately 34 acres, increasing the amount of river length by more than one third. The IDFG Region 7 Lemhi fish habitat program has developed a conceptual design for restoring fish habitat on the IDFG property and the upstream property. The opportunity to acquire the Morgan parcel enables IDFG to complete a 0.70 contiguous mile restored reach that will have more substantial benefits to fish and wildlife.

The property will provide public access to the Lemhi River/Hayden Creek confluence.

Project Benefit    

The property acquisition will create habitat rehabilitation opportunities that are expected to substantially benefit Chinook salmon and steelhead in the Lemhi watershed. It lies within the Hayden Reach, which is a river segment that occurs at the downstream end of the most important production areas for Chinook salmon in the basin. As such, some of the highest densities of juvenile salmon have documented in this reach (IDFG unpublished data). Unfortunately, habitat condition is less than optimal due to previous anthropogenic disturbance, resulting in low fish survival. When acquired, aquatic and riparian habitats will be significantly enhanced, with an expected positive response in ESA listed Chinook salmon and steelhead.

Ecologically speaking, benefits to the ongoing rehabilitation efforts will be significantly enhanced by this acquisition. IDFG and collaborative habitat managers would be able to restore a much larger contiguous river segment that would extend approximately 0.7 mile. Currently, conceptual designs are being developed upstream and downstream of this property. A more continuous floodplain would allow more natural ecological processes to occur, further enhancing benefits to multiple life stages of juvenile salmon and steelhead.


Metric Completed Originally
Land Acquisition
  Acres Acquired or Protected 58.5
  Stream Bank Miles Acquired
  or Protected

Funding Details

Report Total:$250,000

Project Map


Morgan Property    

  • Worksite Identifier: Morgan Property
  • Start Date: 01/01/2022
  • End Date: 10/31/2022
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.863745
  • Longitude: -113.62311


  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS
  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding .00
    •      . . 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.10 Land or Easement AcquisitionY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.10.a Land acquisition funding
      •      . . . . C.10.b Habitat treatments applied (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.10.c.1 Acquisition or lease of land, wetland or estuarine area for conservationY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.2 Type of acquisition to protect habitat (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.3 Type of property protected (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.4 Date of expiration of protection (mm/dd/yyyy)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.5 Miles of streambank protected by land or easement acquisition
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.6 Acres of land, wetland or estuarine area acquired