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Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan

The Salmon River in northern Oswego County is home to one of the most intensively used fisheries for trophy-sized lake run trout and salmon in the nation. DEC recently acquired approximately 1,700 acres of land adjacent to the Lower Salmon River as the result of a settlement agreement with National Grid (formerly Niagara Mohawk). The lands are now designated as the Lower Salmon River State Forest. The purpose of acquiring these lands was to improve and ensure protection of the natural resources and provide public access to the fisheries. In addition to fishing access on lands now owned outright, DEC also owns public fishing rights along additional sections of the river. In combination, DEC provides approximately 14 equivalent river miles of permanent public fishing access along the Salmon River. To help manage these lands a Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan (PDF, 4.3 MB) was created.

DEC allocated $500,000 of Lake Ontario Sportfishing Restoration Natural Resource Damages funds to river restoration and trail enhancement/development projects to address habitat and access issues. DEC and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) partners have developed plans to construct river restoration structures and build new trails associated with the construction of the structures. The goals of restoration activities are to restore natural riffle, pool, run sequences in the river by narrowing the channel and directing flows to facilitate bedload transport, resulting in greatly improved habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms and to stabilize eroding banks. Trails will be built, relocated, or otherwise enhanced to improve angler access and be more protective of the environment. The river restoration and trail enhancement/development projects will protect, conserve, and enhance this incredible fishery for current and future generations of anglers.


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