Twisp River Rearing Ponds and Habitat Improvements

Map showing Twisp River Rearing Ponds

Project Location:  Twisp River

Landowner: Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation

Species Benefitted: Spring Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Trout, Bull Trout

Project Status: 
Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation acquired over 35 acres on the right and left banks of the Twisp River between 2001 and 2009. MSRF is committed to ongoing restoration, monitoring, and adaptive management of the entire site.

Funding: Bonneville Power Administration, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Partners Program), Douglas County PUD, Washington Department of Ecology (Centennial 319), and private donations.

  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Yakama Nation
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wild Fish Conservancy
  • Methow Natives
  • Upper Columbia Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group

Phase 1: Right Bank
Between 2001 and 2007, MSRF acquired nine properties from four separate landowners on the right bank of the Twisp River just outside the Twisp city limits. Ongoing restoration of the site began in 2002 with native riparian plantings, reconnection of the ponds to the Twisp River, and construction of an interpretive structure and public trails to create an outdoor classroom.

Phase 2: Left Bank
Between 2007 and 2009, MSRF acquired four properties from two landowners on the left bank of the Twisp River across from the Twisp Ponds site. Ongoing site restoration began in 2009.

Steelhead in the Twisp River Rearing Ponds

The right bank property has over 22 acres of riparian habitat that includes river bank, side channels, and a series of 5 ponds that support acclimation, rearing, and over-wintering for threatened steelhead trout, endangered spring Chinook salmon, and coho salmon.
Twisp River Left Bank




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