DNR and the Yakama Nation want to hear from Upper Methow River recreationists about river use

upper methowBoating is popular on the scenic Big Valley Reach of the Upper Methow River, especially on the stretch between Wolf Creek and the Weeman Bridge. This area also is critical habitat for many types of fish including three listed by Washington State as threatened or endangered.

What to do? The first step in creating fish-friendly guidelines for the boaters who use this portion of the river is to ask them how they use the Wolf Creek-to-Weeman Bridge portion of the river. Your answers will help habitat biologists who are developing salmon habitat restoration projects to better understand the safety needs of river users.

If you have recreated on the Big Valley Reach of the Upper Methow anytime in the last 10 years, please take 15 minutes to fill out the online survey.

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional guide or an occasional weekend recreationist, we want to get your input about boating conditions, river use and recreation safety. The deadline to complete the survey is June 30, 2013.

For more information, contact Jarred Johnson at johj@yakamafish-nsn.gov.