Client: California Trout, Inc.
Lower Hat Creek is an important coldwater fishery and is a designated Wild Trout Fishery by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Decades of cattle grazing, the introduction of muskrats, and over fishing caused the degradation of riparian and aquatic habitat along lower Hat Creek. Waterways, in collaboration with Streeter Group and California Trout, Inc., completed designs to restore a reach of Hat Creek. The restoration measures included installing a 160’-long pedestrian bridge and trail, and relocating the parking facilities that improve angler access and reduce habitat disturbance.
Additional enhancements included placing large in-stream wood structures to improve trout habitat. Installation of the wood structures was completed in 2015, with the bridge installation occurring during 2016.California Trout filmed the bridge construction and the video can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp9cy-d8XV4