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Area S.F. Trinity
Topic Tour: South Fork Trinity Tributary Stream Photos

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The East Fork South Fork Trinity River is in late stages of recovery from past logging and flood damage. Although spring Chinook have not yet resumed spawning in this tributary, the East Fork is one of the most productive winter steelhead streams in the SF Trinity basin. Photos by Patrick Higgins.

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Rattlesnake Creek has partially recovered from past flood damage. The relatively even-aged alder canopy suggests some major past disturbance such as extremely high flows or sediment transport or both. Rattlesnake Creek joins the South Fork Trinity River near Forest Glen. Photos by Patrick Higgins.

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Pelletreau Creek joins the South Fork Trinity River in Hyampom Valley. The mouth of Pelletreau Creek had sediment deposits in the 1964 flood 24 feet deep. The resulting channel is very unstable which causes problems for salmon and steelhead nests and makes re-establishment of riparian vegetation difficult. Photo courtesy of Bill Brock.

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The mouth of Miner Creek as it joins Hayfork Creek. The cold water from this tributary provides a refuge area for steelhead juveniles when Hayfork Creek is above stressful temperatures during summer. Photos by Patrick Higgins.

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Miner Creek just upstream of its confluence with Hayfork Creek. Note the multi-tiered canopy which helps keep this stream cool all summer long. Photos by Patrick Higgins.

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The falls on Hayfork Creek just above the East Fork Hayfork. Spring Chinook migrated to the base of the falls as recently as the late 1950's. People in the photo are students from Alan Brainard's Hayfork High School biology class. Spring Chinook held at the base of the falls during as recently as the 1960s (see Pacific Watershed Associates, 1994 in KRIS Bibliography for more information). Photos by Patrick Higgins.

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