Boykin Creek

Summary:  Boykin Creek is a tributary of the North Fork Nehalem River located due east of Oswald West State Park but just to the west of Highway 53.  The stream is approximately 2.35 miles long and supports Chinook and Coho salmon as well as Steelhead and Cutthroat trout.  Boykin Creek lacked adequate pool habitat, riparian cover, in-stream channel complexity, and had multiple locations where invasive plant species are the dominant streamside vegetation type.  The creek also contained two barriers to fish migration–a culvert blocking available tributary habitat, and a collapsed log stringer bridge on the upper mainstem.

This project added 100 key pieces of large wood to Boykin Creek coupled with planting 3,000 mixed conifers, several loads of willow starters, and treatment of 1 acre of non-native plants for removal.  The culvert blocking access to the tributary habitat has been replaced with one fish-passable culvert, and the upstream mainstem barrier will be removed.  Monitoring will be conducted through the combined efforts of Boswell Consultants and ODFW.

 

Status: Funded/ In progress

Partners:  Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, US Fish and Wildlife Service.