Field Techniques Session

Tour of the Columbia River Gorge

Tuesday, November 6

We have quite a day planned touring and learning about Columbia River Gorge habitat, hydropower, and fish ecology. We will start with a tour of restoration sites on the White Salmon River. On October 26th, 2011, the Condit Dam was removed and for the first time in 100 years salmon and steelhead have returned to the upper stretch of the river. The Yakima Nation will give us a tour of two different restoration sites and share their story. Watch this National Geographic video of the dam removal.

While at the river, we will also get a demo from the US Geological Survey on using UAV technology to count salmon redds. After we have finished on the White Salmon, we will drive down the Columbia River Gorge, stopping in Stevenson, Washington for lunch then continuing over the Bridge of the Gods to the Bonneville Dam. A Bonneville guide will take us through the energy facilities and a tour of the fish ladder. While at the dam, you can stop by the fish hatchery to visit Herman the Sturgeon. Herman is 11 feet long, 500 pounds, an estimated 70-year-old white sturgeon.

After a full day we will return to Hood River along the south side of the Gorge, getting an up-close look at the site of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. If your carpool is craving additional activities, you can stop at Starvation Creek for a short hike to a beautiful waterfall.