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 bushwacking 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 dippers, stream amphibians, coho salmon

Interesting History: A fish ladder was built on this falls in 1950, with the intention of creating additional habitat for runs of Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead Trout. We don’t know which of these runs still utilizes the fish ladder, but we did see evidence of young salmonoids and Clatskanie River is considered critical habitat for endangered runs of the Coho Salmon. We also saw evidence of salmon counts that had been undertaken recently.

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