Fish Salvage Volunteer Information

Lava Island Falls Side Channel | October 2017
Volunteer Check-in Location: Lava Island Boat Ramp

Volunteer Contacts:

Main Contact: Shon Rae, Central Oregon Irrigation District: 541.408.7007

Gail Snyder, Coalition for the Deschutes: 503.961.4528

Bea Armstrong & Marisa Hossick Deschutes River Conservancy: 541.382.4077

Mike Tripp, Trout Unlimited: 541.312.2193

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Purpose of Fish Salvage:

Each fall, streamflows in the Upper Deschutes from Wickiup Reservoir to Bend are reduced to refill reservoirs for the following irrigation season. A collaborative fish rescue planning effort is currently underway involving eight irrigation districts, the Deschutes River Conservancy, Bend Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Coalition for the Deschutes and dozens of volunteers from the community. The effort involves collecting fish stranded in pools along a side channel of the Deschutes River near Lava Island Falls and relocating them to the main river channel.

Projected Fish Salvage Dates:

Depending on the ramp down of streamflow in the main stem Deschutes, the weather and the rate at which the Lava Island channel drains of water, the projected dates below are subject to change.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Risk Release Form:
You will be asked to sign a risk release form when you check-in. A safety briefing will be given at the beginning of each volunteer shift. Please let the volunteer coordinator know if you have any medical concerns that would prevent you from carrying a 5 gallon bucket loaded with water and fish. There are other onsite volunteer opportunities than participating in the bucket brigade.

Volunteer Check-in: Time & Dress:
Please come prepared to volunteer in four hour shifts. Let the volunteer coordinator know if you need a shorter volunteer spot or can stay longer. Coffee, breakfast goodies, and lunch will be provided for the volunteers.
            +   Morning Check-in Time: 8:30 am

            +   Afternoon Check-in Time: 12:30 pm

Dress: Please wear comfortable clothes and dress for all weather. Layers are best. Good, supportive footwear is a must. You will be walking on uneven terrain carrying 5 gallon buckets of water loaded with different sizes of fish. Please bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

Volunteer Duties & Responsibilities:

Fish salvage crews will consist of 4 to 5 volunteers who will be responsible for rescuing stranded fish and putting them in 5 gallon buckets for transport to the main stem Deschutes. A bucket brigade will be established and volunteers will be asked to carry five gallon buckets of fish and water from salvage points located in the side channel to the release point at the main channel. Bucket brigade and fish salvage staging areas will be flagged and spread out throughout the Deschutes River trail.