North Creek Culvert Restoration
Our community is working to recover threatened salmon and maintain access to Drift Creek’s watershed by replacing an undersized & aging culvert.
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Over the years, there have been a variety of routes guests could travel to visit Drift Creek Camp. Today, a single access road remains. Local agencies are working to restore North Creek and replace the failing culvert which lies along that road with a safer, more secure structure that will not only benefit the stream’s salmon but ensure accessibility to Drift Creek Camp for generations to come.
The purpose of the project is to replace the existing undersized 11 ft. culvert that is currently a passage barrier to upstream migration of fish and other aquatic organisms with a fish passage structure. (The undersized pipe will be replaced with an all aquatic organism passage structure to provide spawning and rearing habitat, and cold water refuge in summer for salmonids, including ESA Threatened Oregon Coast Coho Salmon. The new structure will function more like a bridge.
We recognize the importance and necessity of this project. DCC will work with local agencies to ensure that the work is completed in a timely and efficient manner. However, the culvert intersects not only with camp’s sole access road but also with the summer program/rental season. DCC will, therefore, be closed during the busiest time of year, leaving a significant income deficit for the organization. It is estimated that DCC will lose roughly $80,000 in summer rental income. If you would like to support DCC’s Road Recovery Fund, please send donations to Drift Creek Camp, PO Box 1110, Lincoln City, OR 97367.