Man dumps bin full of gravel into the river to enhance fish spawning habitat
Improving McKenzie River Fish Habitat 09/13/2017

High water and storms have scoured away the gravel and small rock that bull trout like to use to lay their eggs in an area of the McKenzie River below Blue Pool.

Our environmental specialists used a novel approach to transport approximately 300 yards of gravel to the river. The closest dirt road to the spawning habitat is about 500 feet from the river. Using a modified logging yarder and cables, along with a custom-designed transport bin, we were able to enhance and improve the spawning area during a one-week period in August.

Check out this video for an insider's look at the operation.