A healthy brown trout from Nunnally Lake, Washington.   Nunnally, Merry, and Lenice Lakes are prized for their fishing.  All three would be destroyed by the Crab Creek Dam.  The dam would also destroy important endangered steelhead.   (photo: Pacific FlyFishers)

Opening day of fishing season, Nunnally Lake trailhead (also below) - angler talking with Rachael Paschal Osborn / CELP about the future of lower Crab Creek.     (John Osborn photo)

(John Osborn photo)

Crab Creek Dam would destroy Nunnally, Merry, and Lenice Lakes.  Click on map to enlarge. (map: Washington Dept of Ecology and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

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“Four state priority habitats would be inundated at this site (Table 4-1.6).  This includes 4,551 acres of wetlands, 416 acres of riparian habitat, 88 acres of cliff habitat, and 1,275 acres of shrub-steppe habitat.  As noted above, 28 miles of designated critical habitat for Upper Columbia River steelhead would be inundated.  The potential reservoir would inundate a portion of Nunnally Lake and completely inundate 28 miles of Crab Creek, Merry and Lenice Lakes, and multiple unnamed ponds.”

                Washington Dept of Ecology and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 
                “Appraisal Evaluation of Columbia River Mainstem Off-Channel Storage Options”  May 2007


Additional Fisheries Links

Greg Johnston, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Reeling in the Rainbows
Bigger trout, better fishing are turning a handful of lakes into an anglers' oasis

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
ESA critical habitat designation regulations for upper Columbia River steelhead 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fishing the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge