Wood River

Summary

The Wood River is a short river in southern Oregon and is part of the Klamath Basin drainage.

Native Species

  • Resident Rainbow Trout

River Stats:

  • Location: Flows into Agency Lake in the Klamath Basin
  • Length: 18 miles

Threats:

  • Irrigation, water over-appropriation

The Wood River

The Wood River flows 18 miles (29 km) through the Fremont-Winema National Forests, Bureau of Land Management land, and private property in southern Oregon. Its watershed consists of 220 square miles (570 km2) of conifer forest, rural pasture land, and marsh. The river provides habitat for many species of wildlife including native redband trout.

The Wood River habitat supports brook, brown, and rainbow trout. These species are widely distributed throughout the river system from the headwaters to Agency Lake. In addition, Bureau of Land Management biologists have found native redband trout in the Wood River between the Kimball State Recreation Site and the confluence of Annie Creek.

In addition to the fish habitat, the Wood River Valley supports a diverse population of nesting ducks, shorebirds, and migratory songbirds.

Wild, Native Fish

Redband trout is a fish name that may be a synonym for the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, but is also used more narrowly for inland subspecies with well-defined geographical distributions in the United States.

Throughout its distribution, the redband trout has been facing declines due to altered or destroyed habitats, introduction of exotic and hatchery raised fish species, and seasonal drought.

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