Take a dam fine tour

Published on Wed, Dec 11, 2013
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It’s been a year since local conservationists and the state department of fish and wildlife teamed up to replace a small dam on the north end of Lake Terrell, restoring a salmon run that had been dormant for more than 50 years.

Now you can see the results of the changes for yourself. The Chums of Terrell creek will host a tour of the dam and the surrounding facilities this Saturday, December 14. 

Aside from rebuilding the dam to allow for better water flow adjustment, crews reconstructed over 600 feet of Terrell Creek below the dam, replaced a culvert on an unnamed Terrell Creek tributary to make it fish-passable, installed salmon incubators and planted trees and shrubs along the creek side.

Tour-goers will learn about the history of Lake Terrell and the reconstructed dam, water flow management and current recreational uses. They may even see salmon spawning in the creek.

The tour group will meet on Aldergrove Road at the north end of Lake Terrell, halfway between Kickerville Road and N. Star Road at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. Interested parties are requested to RSVP to Terrell Creek Watershed steward Rachel Vasak by calling her at 360/739-1440 or by emailing her at rvasak@n-sea.org.