Woodman Creek Fish Passage

Working with rail authorities and landowners to find solutions

To learn more about this project, check out our short video “Woodman Creek Fish Passage Project 2018”:



Project Goal

Restore unimpeded access for Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead from the mainstem Eel River into Woodman Creek, completing a second state-of-art fish passage projects along the North Western Pacific Railroad line.

Project Updates

The Woodman Creek Fish Passage Project has taken the better part of seven years for CalTrout and numerous partners to plan and prepare for. This project, which is led by our North Coast Regional Director Darren Mierau, will support quality local jobs while providing significant ecological benefits to the region.

Highlights include:

  • This $2+ million project is funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Restoration Grant Program due to the significant benefit it will provide to imperiled species.
  • CalTrout has focused contractor hiring on Humboldt County businesses for this project, including Pacific Earthscapes, Pacific Watershed Associates and Mike Love & Associates to plan and complete the required work. Twelve full-time, prevailing wage local jobs will be created in the process.
  • After years of advocacy and negotiation, the bridge removal received the full support of the railroad authority, which acknowledged that restoring service through this canyon was untenable.

This project has been completed. Watch our latest project video to learn more. 

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