CalTrout believes — and invests heavily — in California’s spring creeks. They’re more than simply outstanding fisheries; they also supply much of the state’s water, and their cold, clean flows act as a hedge against the uncertainties of climate change.
Witness our extensive protection and restoration projects on Hat Creek, Fall River and our partnership on the Shasta River — a largely spring-fed creek which provides essential spawning habitat in the Klamath Watershed for steelhead, Chinook and coho salmon. Let filmmaker Mikey Wier show you how good a restored stream can look — while Curtis Knight explains the importance of the Shasta’s restoration:
Last year, approximately 10% of the Chinook salmon that returned to spawn in the Klamath River watershed ended up in the Shasta (an astonishing number), which is why CalTrout is partnering with several groups (notably The Nature Conservancy, who purchased Shasta Big Springs Ranch and operate it as a model for how salmon and cattle can co-exist).
We also funded the Mount Shasta Springs Project, which mapped many springs in the Mount Shasta area — and identified the springs most at risk.
CalTrout is protecting these springs not just for today’s fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts, but also for tomorrow’s.