Volunteer Opportunity: White Salmon Spawning Surveys...We Need You!

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Saturday, August 27th 2022 9:00am - 3:00pm

White Salmon River, Columbia Gorge

Additional Dates:

Sunday, August 28th 2022 9:00am - Sunday, August 28th 2022 3:00pm

White Salmon River, Columbia Gorge

Native Fish Society is conducting a multi-year survey project to better tell the story of what is happening with our wild Steelhead and Coho after the removal of a dam that didn't allow fish passage. With our partners, WDFW and Friends of the White Salmon, we are gearing up for our third season of spawning surveys.

This is where you come in!

Are you interested in walking some beautiful creeks, looking for spawning wild fish, and collecting the data that can help revive abundant wild fish around the region? We can use the help!

There are different sections of waterways that need to be monitored. You can join us for a single spawning survey expedition (usually 3 to 4 hours long) during the week or weekend, or you can sign up for as many shifts as you would enjoy!


Trainings will be from 9am-3pm on August 27th and 28th to go over methods and equipment and walk the tributaries that we will be surveying. Training will occur along the White Salmon River - specific address sent upon signup.

Please signup for trainings by August 20th, 2022 so we have an accurate count for supplies.

Then, spawning surveys will run from late September, 2022 through the end of May, 2023. Volunteers survey the tributaries of Mill, Spring, and Buck creeks every 10 days through December, then every 14 days through the end of May.

Even if you can only make it to one survey, we would still love your help!

Additional Info:

We provide waders, boots, fuel assistance, and necessary equipment for our active volunteers. New volunteers are paired with seasoned volunteers to help with training.

Please join us as together, we can tell the story of wild fish recovery on the White Salmon!

For more information, contact Native Fish Society Washington Coordinator, J. Michelle Swope at jmichelle@nativefishsociety.org or SIGN UP HERE.