Clatskanie Falls

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Clatskanie Falls in January with fish ladder

Height and type: 7-foot cascade falls, with a very minor lower falls

Water body: Clatskanie River.

Access: There is no direct route accessible to the public. We found it after 3 miles of hiking on various logging properties with a significant amount of off-road bushwhacking to make connections.

Trip Reports: Discovering Clatskanie Falls

Property status: The falls are on private logging land but they allow walk-in access.

Notable Wildlife: Roosevelt elk, american dipper, stream amphibians, coho salmon

Interesting History: A fish ladder was built on this falls in 1950, intending to create additional habitat for runs of Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead Trout. We don’t know which runs still utilize the fish ladder, but we saw evidence of young salmonoids and Clatskanie River is critical habitat for endangered runs of the Coho Salmon. Salmon counts have been undertaken recently.

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