Status: In Progress


Castle Rock Ranch is a privately-owned cattle ranch located near the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River about 20 miles north of Interstate 90 on Old River Road.


Past land use resulted in limited trees and shrubs along the river and its floodplain. The lack of riparian vegetation has degraded habitat for native trout and wildlife. The property is now in a conservation easement and the ranch owners raise cattle in a sustainable manner emphasizing how ranching and conservation can work together. They have recently improved fencing and irrigation systems. This project is part of their vision to further improve the fish and wildlife habitat values of the property.


Native trees and shrubs will be planted along the river and on the floodplain to enhance the riparian zone. Fencing and plant protectors will prevent wildlife and livestock browse on the new plantings until the plants become established.


This project will enhance 8 acres of riparian zone, provide higher quality habitat for wildlife and native trout, and improve the scenic beauty of the river corridor. Water quality will be improved with reduced sediment, temperature and nutrient inputs to the watershed. The property is highly visible and will serve as a demonstration project for protecting and restoring shoreline and floodplain vegetation.


Karla Freeman
Kootenai-Shoshone Soil and Water Conservation District
47830 Meadowlark Way, Suite C-1
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
(208) 209-4348


Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
(208) 769-1422


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission

Pre-restoration, the Castle Rock Ranch property along the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River lacked healthy riparian vegetation.

Cows grazing and drinking water on Castle Rock Ranch.

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