Status: In Progress


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 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.

Plans

The project reestablishes 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 incorporates streambank stabilization techniques that provide interim stability and support development of mature riparian vegetation. The project creates complex, aquatic habitat components (e.g., depth, velocity, substrate, cover, pools) to support populations of wild trout and other aquatic organisms.

Benefits

This project protects and restores habitat functions and processes in uncontaminated stream and riparian areas. 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

Partners

Coeur d’Alene Lake Management (DEQ)
Avista Corporation
North Idaho Flycasters
Fly Fishers International

The Wolf Lodge Creek Reach 3 project area has areas of highly eroding banks and degraded habitat.

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