Status: Completed


Location

Wolf Lodge Creek is a perennial stream that drains a 40-square-mile watershed into Wolf Lodge Bay on the northeast side of Coeur d'Alene Lake. Most of the watershed is managed by the US Forest Service with the remaining land primarily under private ownership. The Wolf Lodge Creek Reach 3 project is on two adjoining private properties near the confluence of Marie Creek and Wolf Lodge Creek.

Background

Wolf Lodge Creek is an important habitat for westslope cutthroat trout and other wildlife and is an important tributary to Coeur d’Alene Lake. Past timber harvest practices, overgrazing, dredging, and riparian vegetation removal has degraded the water quality and fish habitat.

Restoration Activities

The project reestablished proper channel dimensions and streambank conditions to reduce rates of lateral channel migration, sedimentation, and reestablish important habitat for westslope cutthroat trout and aquatic life. This project treated 2,000 feet of streambank and 3.2 acres of riparian area. The design incorporated bioengineering techniques with large wood, root wads, and willows that provide interim stability and support development of mature riparian vegetation. The project created complex aquatic habitat to support populations of wild trout and other aquatic organisms.

Benefits

This project restored habitat functions and processes in uncontaminated stream and riparian areas. Long-term outcomes include reduced sediment loads and associated nutrients, reduced solar loading, and enhanced cover and habitat for fish and wildlife. This will benefit native trout in Wolf Lodge Creek and contribute cumulatively to water quality improvements in the Wolf Lodge Creek Watershed and downstream Coeur d’Alene Lake.

Contact

Karla Freeman
Kootenai-Shoshone Soil & Water Conservation District
7830 Meadowlark Way, Suite C-1
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
208-209-4348
ksswcd@yahoo.com

Sponsor

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
(208) 769-1422

Partners

Idaho DEQ – Coeur d’Alene Lake Management Plan
Idaho DEQ – 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program
Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Idaho Department of Lands
Avista Corporation
TransCanada
North Idaho Flycasters
Fly Fishers International
Landowners

Before restoration, the Wolf Lodge Creek Reach 3 project area had areas of highly eroding banks and degraded habitat.

Soon after restoration construction, bioengineering provided stability to eroding bank and important habitat complexity in Wolf Lodge Creek.

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