The Fremont-Winema National Forest Reopens the 28 Road After Fish Passage Project

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

Lakeview, Oregon – The Fremont-Winema National Forest announced that Forest Service Road 28 (28 Road) has reopened to traffic after temporarily being closed for several weeks. The old culvert was replaced with a bridge to improve fish passage. Motorists can now use the bridge. However, use caution when crossing the bridge as it is without guardrails or paving, both of which are expected to be completed next spring.

The culvert removal project is located on Thomas Creek in the Cox Flat area, also known as Dairy Creek Road. The road closure was roughly 30 miles south west of Paisley, Oregon, and 22 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon, on the Lakeview Ranger District.

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.