Goat Falls Ranch - Salmon River

Forging a new path in Idaho to improve the health of Salmon River tributaries

In 2018, Western Rivers Conservancy forever protected Goat Falls Ranch in Idaho's Sawtooth Valley and returned crucially needed water to Goat and Meadow Creeks, two vital salmon spawning and rearing tributaries to the Salmon River. Photo by Kirk Anderson.

Goat and Meadow Creeks historically contained some of the highest density salmon spawning and rearing habitat in the Columbia River basin. Until now, portions of both streams were regularly de-watered by withdrawals. WRC's partnership with the State of Idaho will ensure the creeks flow year-round once again. This will be a tremendous benefit to fish and wildlife. Photo by Kirk Anderson.

Goat Falls Ranch spans 369 acres, just southwest of Stanley, Idaho. After purchasing the ranch, WRC conveyed the lands to the Sawtooth National Forest to be managed as part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Photo by Kirk Anderson.

Our efforts at Goat Falls Ranch were Idaho’s first permanent in-stream water dedication project and will prove essential to satisfying the goals set forth in the Snake River Water Rights Act of 2004. Photo by Kirk Anderson.

Snow melt from the Sawtooth Mountains, visible west of the ranch, sustain the tiny headwater streams of the Salmon River. Photo by Kirk Anderson.

Goat and Meadow Creeks are low-gradient streams that provide perfect rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead. WRC's efforts at Goat Falls Ranch will enable restoration of habitat within both of these important streams. Photo by Kirk Anderson.