Basin Stats:

North coastal Olympic Peninsula

  • Major Contributing Streams: Sol Duc, Bogacheil, Calawah

    • River Length: The Quillayute itself is only about 6 miles long, its longest tribuatary, the Sol Duc, is 78 miles long.

      • Drainage area: 850 sqaure miles

    • Main Tributary Length: Sol Duc, 78 miles

    • Secondary Tributary Length:Calawah, 31 miles, with perhaps 400 miles of perennial streams.

Threats

  • Hatcheries.

    • The Calawah has a summer and winter hatchery steelhead program.

    • The Bogacheil has a winter steelhead hatchery program.

    • The Sol Duc has a spring chinook, and summer and fall coho program.

  • Habitat degradation.

    • Although habitat was badly degraded in the early days of logging, the upper rivers are now protected by the Olympic National Park, and the lower rivers are recovering due to better logging practices.

  • Hydropower

    • There are no dams on the Quillayute System

  • Harvest

    • There is sport fishing harvest allowed on native fall Chinook, and native fall Coho. There is concern over potential hooking mortality on native winter steelhead due to the popularity of the fishery.

    • The Quileutae tribe commercially harvests all native species, this fishery amounts to close to 1 million pounds a year

Quillayute River Updates

Washington State Closes Coastal Steelhead Fisheries March 1st.

“ It looks like our horrible forecast was optimistic.” Kelly Susewind, Director, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Yesterday, WDFW announced a full closure to all sport fishing throughout...

Washington Coastal Steelhead Need Your Voice!

Washington State Fish and Wildlife will hold their third Town Hall meeting (out of four) next Tuesday, November 9th, at 5 pm, and you need to listen in. More than that, you need to weigh...

Olympic Peninsula Update. The Olympic Peninsula Needs You.

It was an active winter for NFS on the Olympic Peninsula. We worked to gather data on wild Steelhead runs, toured vital conservation projects, advocated with other conservation partners for more...

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