Fish Passage Improvements for Oregon’s Jones Creek

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Fish Passage Improvements for Oregon’s Jones Creek

In Jones Creek near Grants Pass, three projects completed in the last decade removed the final significant barriers to fish migration.

For years, wild juvenile steelhead were killed by entering an irrigation canal at an unscreened diversion. This was eliminated when the Tokay Canal was placed in a siphon under the creek in a project by the Stream Restoration Alliance and the Grants Pass Irrigation District. At East Fork Jones Creek, a small dam was removed, and on West Fork Jones, ODFW constructed baffles to improve passage at a culvert on the creek.

Volunteers in ODFW’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (including members of the Rogue River Watershed Council, the Middle Rogue Steelheaders and local flyfishing clubs) are monitoring steelhead fry production in the forks of Jones Creek to evaluate fish response.

During past drought years, fish production was limited to the lower 1/10th mile of Jones Creek below the railroad culvert (photos above). Since the projects have been completed, steelhead fry are produced in the forks each year despite the current drought cycle.

Passage projects have kept many miles of Jones Creek producing wild steelhead –  miles that were formerly blocked during dry years!  Jones Creek is a success story for wild steelhead and shows the value of restoring fish passage as we face increasingly erratic weather patterns.

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