Work to restore Lewis River salmon runs will require the closure of two small recreation sites in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest for several months this summer.
Work, being done with PacifiCorp, began Monday and is scheduled to end Nov. 30. It is taking place at the Muddy River day-use site on Forest Road 25 and the Clear Creek dispersed camp site located off Forest Road 93. Both areas are above Swift Reservoir and about 50 miles east of Woodland. They will be closed to the public while PacifiCorp constructs acclimation ponds for juvenile salmon.
The ponds are part of a larger effort to restore historic salmon runs above PacifiCorp’s Lewis River hydroelectric facilities. When complete, these projects will have low visibility and not affect normal summer access to the sites, said a national forest news release.
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