The Fremont-Winema National Forest Temporarily Closes Road to Complete Fish Passage Project

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (541) 883-6715; Lisa Swinney (541) 947-6261

Lakeview, Oregon – Beginning Monday Oct. 20 through Monday, Nov. 3, Forest Service Road 28 (28 Road) on the Fremont-Winema National Forest will be closed while a culvert is being removed to complete a fish passage project. However, an alternate route around the project area is available. The 28 Road closure is for the public safety during the construction phase of this project.

The culvert removal project is located on Thomas Creek in the Cox Flat area, also known as Dairy Creek Road. The road closure is roughly 30 miles south west of Paisley, Oregon, and 22 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon, on the Lakeview Ranger District. The 28 Road will be closed to all traffic between milepost 70 and 73. A detour route around the closure is available on Forest Service Road 2800-027 and has recently been improved for motor vehicle use. Forest visitors are encouraged to utilize their Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for additional alternate routes.

By replacing the existing undersized culvert in Thomas Creek with a bridge, this project will improve native fish migration. In addition, this will create a more desirable stream habitat during periods of environmental stress, like drought, and improve fish habitat in Cox Flat.

The Cox Flat Fish Passage Project is a successful collective effort between the Fremont-Winema National Forest and Lake County Umbrella Watershed Council (LCUWC). For years, the LCUWC has worked tirelessly to improve fish habitat in Thomas Creek, which is the largest tributary to Goose Lake. The project is part of a larger restoration effort occurring on private and federal lands in the Cox Flat area and LCUWC collaboration with private landowners is helping to make this happen.