THE DAMS

Copco #1, Copco #2, Iron Gate and J.C. Boyle (in Oregon) are four aging hydroelectric dams on the mainstem Klamath River, which flows through parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Removal of the dams has been the subject of national attention for nearly two decades. Over 40 organizations, irrigation districts, and tribes support taking the dams out. Tribal leadership has been a central component of the dam removal effort. The Yurok, Karuk and Klamath Tribes have led the effort to restore part of their cultural heritage and subsistence fishing for salmon and lamprey.

Owner:

Klamath River Renewal Corporation upon federal license transfer (likely July 2022)

Location:

Klamath River; the 4th dam, JC Boyle, is located in Oregon

Completion Date:

1922 (Copco #1), 1925 (Copco #2), and 1964 (Iron Gate)

Size:

Iron Gate H 189 ft./L 540 ft., Copco #1 H 250 ft./L 415 ft., Copco #2 H 63 ft./L 278 ft.; Iron Gate 58,000 acre ft., Copco #1 60,000 acre ft., Copco #2 73 acre ft. (diversion dam)

Stakeholders:

Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe, Klamath Tribes, Trout Unlimited, American Rivers, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Association, Northern California Federation of Fly Fishers, Salmon River Restoration Council, Sustainable Northwest, State and federal agencies, and more.

Land Acknowledgment

The Klamath River and dams are located on the ancestral lands of the Yurok, Karuk, Klamath, Shasta, and Hoopa Tribes.

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