Last week marked a historic milestone in the ongoing restoration of Hat Creek. After years of planning by CalTrout’s Andrew Braugh and many others, the bridge was finally placed to span carbon flat. The new bridge sits almost exactly where the historic bridge was and will allow easy access to both sides of the river and a new network of established trails that will be completed by 2017.
Soon the parking area will also be moved up the hill giving this stretch of river a more park like feeling for anglers, wildlife viewers and outdoor enthusiasts. We would like to thank the contractors for their delicate work to ensure the least amount of damage to the flora and fauna; the tribe for helping identify and protect sensitive cultural resources; Clearwater Lodge for their great support of this project and helping to keep everyone fed and hydrated on the long hot days; and the many donors who made the restoration of this special place possible.
For more about the Hat Creek Restoration Project, click here.
Video: Darren Campbell. Still images provided by Val Atkinson.
Photos above: M.Wier