The Triple Creek site is part of a 100-acre forested wetland complex that is hydrologically supported by flows from the Buckhorn Mountain drainages of Bolster and Thorp Creeks, which flow through an alluvial fan into Myers Creek. The wetland is located in a floodplain of Myers Creek, about 1.5 miles from Chesaw, Washington. OHA is working with collaborative partners to restore the stream and wetland, to improve habitat and wetland function.
This short video tells the Triple Creek restoration story in a nutshell, from the perspective of the restoration team, including the land stewards.
You will also see a bird’s eye view of the project!
(Videography by Josh Duplechian, Senior Producer, Trout Unlimited)
The water of Myers Creek was not visible from the road at many locations, being so far down in the incision trench. The water ran fast and straight through the channel. In 2018, the water began to connect with its historic floodplain, and has continued to do so each spring! The photos below, taken in the spring of 2016, 2019 and 2022, show how the channel has become more sinuous, the bottom has built up, and the water has slowed.
Many aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species rely on highlands creeks and wetlands to survive. Check out some of the fauna that we (and our wildlife cameras) have spotted at Triple Creek!
On the western toe of Buckhorn Mountain, in a place called Triple Creek, a rich wetland once thrived. A productive great blue heron rookery overlooked large beaver ponds teeming with trout. Myers Creek spilled over its banks, keeping the soils wet so that animals from all levels of life could flourish – from dragonflies to frogs to birds of prey. In the late 1990’s, an unusually heavy rain-on-snow event changed everything…
Check out this 360° Photosphere: Click, drag, and scroll!
“Before” photo taken in Myers creek during low water, prior to construction
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