Completion of a fish-passage project that has improved access for Chinook, coho and many other species will be celebrated this Saturday, Oct. 19, at Drift Creek Camp, just east of Lincoln City.

In 2015, a group of about 60 concerned anglers wrote a letter to the US Forest Service Hebo Ranger District about a barrier that was blocking the migration of salmon in North Creek, a tributary to Drift Creek.

After nearly five years of project design, fundraising and planning, construction started earlier this year. Now, the North Creek fish passage project is finally complete and, for the first time in 62 years, Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead, cutthroat and many other aquatic species, are starting to pass freely into the upper extent of this watershed.

The Native Fish Society and its partners will celebrate completion of the project with an event running from 1 to 6 pm at the Drift Creek Camp. Activities will include a hike into the headwaters of North Creek, salmon viewing, and a short overview of the site history, project design and expected results, scheduled to take place at 2 pm.

To get to Drift Creek Camp, follow Highway 101 just south of Lincoln City to Drift Creek Road, take Drift Creek Road two miles to Forest Service Road (FSR) 17, follow FSR 17 for four and a half miles to FSR 19, which is a right turn onto gravel. Follow the gravel road for five miles and look for signs.

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