Trail Creek Bridge
Re-Connecting Critical Habitat
Located in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, North of the rural town of Granite in NE Grant County, Trail Creek is a headwater tributary to the North Fork of the John Day River in Grant County. One failing and undersized culvert currently impedes fish passage to potential spawning and rearing habitat. This Culvert is located at the intersection of County Road 52 and Trail Creek, just before the confluence with the North Fork.
Identified as a priority in the pending Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Trail Creek Watershed Restoration Action Plan (WRAP), this culvert will be replaced with a full bridge structure, which will incorporate natural streambed configuration, floodplain access, and virtually no impact from road traffic or artificial structures to stream function. Combined, 25.4 miles of high-elevation steelhead, bull trout, redband trout, and Chinook salmon habitat will be opened up by this project. The NFJDWC is partnering with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, who is providing matching funds for this project.