Man made dam
The initial information stated a large man-made dam was located under a bridge that crosses a creek. Pictures showed the dam was constructed of large rocks, tarp, and green cut trees lashed together with rope.
“Officials have been working in the Clearwater Basin, including Lolo Creek for over 30 years with efforts to restore anadromous fish into the basin. Efforts include releases of steelhead and Chinook (releasing eggs, smolts, and adults) into Lolo Creek and other Clearwater Basin streams in attempts to restore those fish back to healthy and harvestable numbers. Outplants of adults provide additional opportunities for fish to spawn in nature and they need free flowing access to spawning areas, and artificial dams, and human caused blockages drastically limit these fish in certain areas. The tribe coordinates with many Federal, State, and local entities as we all work together towards this common goal and very much appreciate the public’s help with this lofty endeavor."
With the help of Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Forest Service Law Enforcement, and some concerned citizens, the dam was removed and the stream restored for Chinook salmon to continue their migratory path to spawn.
Fish and Game wants to remind recreationists that while building a dam to create a pool may be a great spot to relax, there are laws prohibiting the creation of any obstruction which restricts the free and uninterrupted passage of fish in any stream.