Lost Creek Riparian Revegetation


Elijah Bristow State Park and private land near Dexter, OR

Target Habitat

Riparian habitat



Project Size

46 acres


Private landowners, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (landowner)



Lost Creek is a high priority restoration area within Middle Fork Willamette Watershed because it is one of only two undammed tributaries. The confluence of Lost Creek with the Middle Fork Willamette is just downstream from Dexter Dam, the first in a series of three large dams on the river. Lost Creek’s location means that it can provide an escape from the big water of the mainstem and access to better spawning grounds, which has led the Council to work here for many years removing invasive species along the streambanks and planting native riparian vegetation. The native vegetation provides better shade, keeping the water cool for fish. The native vegetation also provides great habitat for all kinds of terrestrial and avian species.

In 2018 we received a technical assistance grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and additional funding from Meyer Memorial Trust to begin exploring floodplain restoration possibilities in Elijah Bristow State Park. These grants allow us to work with a technical team from a variety of agencies and an engineering design firm. Stay tuned as we dive deeper into this project!


A contract crew plants native vegetation in Elijah Bristow State Park
Bareroot plants ready to be planted along Lost Creek
Before restoration work, blackberries had taken over this stream bank.
After the MFWWC restored this riparian area, the blackberries are gone, native species are growing well, and there is room for the landowner’s dog to run freely!
This site along Wagner Creek was extremely degraded and lacking native vegetation before restoration occurred.
Native riparian vegetation now dominates this streambank along Wagner Creek.