Salmon Spawning a "Natural Wonder"

Salmon Spawning a "Natural Wonder"


Baker Creek Boat Ramp on the South Fork Coquille River, about three miles downriver from Powers.

Coho salmon spawning is mid-November to early February. Spawning peaks in December in the Coos system and late December to early January in the Coquille. Coho can be seen spawning at the following locations:

  • Millicoma Interpretive Center.
  • Marlow Creek. One mile past Allegany, turn left onto County Road which eventually turns into State Forest Road 1000. Salmon can be seen from a vehicle.
  • LaVerne Park.
  • East Fork of the Coquille River above the mouth of China Creek, about three miles upriver of Dora.
  • Steel Creek, a tributary of East Fork of the Coquille River, at Dora.
  • Middle Creek above the fish ladder, about two miles upstream from the BLM's Middle Creek Recreation Site. Spawning salmon can be seen from a vehicle.
  • Moon Creek, tributary to the North Fork of the Coquille River about three miles upriver of LaVerne Park. Salmon can be seen spawning on gravel trapped by logs placed during fish habitat improvement projects as part of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.

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