The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

Battle Creek

map of watershed showing location of dams and major roads

Watershed Information

Species 1967-1991 Baseline Target 1992-2009 Average Increase Percent Change
fall-run Chinook salmon 5,013       10,000       17,977       12,964       258.6      
late fall-run Chinook salmon 273       550       681       408       149.5      
  Watershed area:   360 square miles
  Watershed Priority:  high
  Total storage:  1,520 acre-feet
  Historic:   53 miles  
  Current:   24 miles  ( 45.3 %)
     Tricia Parker
For the most recent updates on Battle Creek watershed status and trends, please go to the Battle Creek Watershed Conservancy at

The 1992-2009 average escapement for spring-run was 103, with the highest escapement numbers of 291 in 2007.
  Projected number of restoration projects:   >6   Projected total cost of restoration:   $105,000,000.00
  Total invested to date:  AFRP    $300,000.00  other    $250,000.00


Summary of Battle Creek Survey - 1999, 0.008 mb (.008 MB)

Statement of Work Battle Creek Watershed Stewardship, Phase 2. 2001, 0.029 mb (.029 MB)

Battle Creek Watershed Community Strategy. August 8, 2000, 0.213 mb (.213 MB)

Battle Creek Watershed Stewardship, Phase 2. 2000, 0.029 mb (.029 MB)

Genetic Maintenance of Hatchery- and Natural-Origin Winter-Run Chinook Salmon. Final Report. January 1998 - September 2001, 0.253 mb (.253 MB)

Continue Genetic Research on Winter-Run Chinook Salmon: Bodega Marine Lab, 0.007 mb (.007 MB)

Winter Chinook Carcass Survey, 0.005 mb (.005 MB)

Analysis of alternative management strategies designed to integrate Coleman National Fish Hatchery operations with the restoration. 2000, 0.019 mb (.019 MB)

Progress Report: Eagle Canyon Ranch - Pelton Property. October 18, 2001, 0.117 mb (.117 MB)

Final Report: Eagle Canyon Ranch - Pelton Property - March 18, 2002, 0.147 mb (.147 MB)

Initial Scope of Work: FY00 Eagle Canyon Ranch (Pelton property) Conservation Easement - September 18,2000, 0.016 mb (.016 MB)

Environmental Education Program for Battle Creek Watershed Residents: “Your Watershed at Work”. 1999, 0.016 mb (.016 MB)

Genotype chinook salmon (adults and juveniles) to assist in characterization and maintenance of genetic integrity of hatchery-natural. 2001, 0.022 mb (.022 MB)

Interim Intake Screen Report for Coleman National Fish Hatchery/Battle Creek Justification – AFRP Actions #5 and #8: September 28, 2001, 0.259 mb (.259 MB)

Battle Creek Reach Map for Snorkel Data. 1999, 8.0 kb ( 8.0 KB)

Coleman National Fish Hatchery, California: Intake Alternatives Study - May 25, 1999, 370 kb ( 370 KB)

Evaluation Plan: USBR Flat Plate Screen at Coleman National Fish Hatchery Intake No.3. March 1999, 4.51 mb (4.51 MB)

Funding Agreements Reached for Phase 1A of Battle Creek Project to Restore 42 Miles of Premium Salmon and Steelhead Habitat. July 14, 2008, 3.15 mb (3.15 MB)

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Actions and Evaluations

Status Description
Complete E4. Develop a comprehensive restoration plan for Battle Creek that integrates CNFH operations.
Not Addressed E3. Evaluate alternatives for providing a disease-safe water supply to CNFH so that winter-, spring- and fall-run chinook salmon and steelhead would have access to an additional 41 miles of Battle Creek habitat.
Complete E2. Evaluate the feasibility of establishing naturally spawning populations of winter-run and spring-run chinook salmon and steelhead through a comprehensive plan to restore Battle Creek.
Not Addressed E1. Evaluate the effectiveness of fish ladders at PG&E diversions.
Not Addressed A8. Screen CNFH intakes 2 and 3 to prevent entrainment of juvenile chinook salmon and steelhead.
Not Addressed A7. Improve fish passage in Eagle Canyon by modifying a bedrock ledge and boulders that are potential barriers to adult salmonids, and rebuild fish ladders on Wildcat and Eagle Canyon diversion dams.
Not Addressed A6. Construct fish screens on all PG&E diversions, as appropriate, after both phases of upstream flow actions (see Action 1) are completed and fish ladders on Coleman and Eagle Canyon diversion dams are opened.
Complete A5. Screen tailrace of Coleman Powerhouse to eliminate attraction of adult chinook salmon and steelhead into an area with little spawning habitat and contamination of the CNFH water supply.
Complete A4. Screen Orwick Diversion to prevent entrainment of juvenile salmonids and straying of adult chinook salmon.
Not Addressed A3. Construct barrier racks at the Gover Diversion dam and waste gates from the Gover Canal to prevent adult chinook salmon from entering Gover Diversion.
Not Addressed A2. Acquire water from willing sellers consistent with applicable guidelines or negotiate agreements to increase flows past PG&E's hydropower diversions in two phases to provide adequate holding, spawning and rearing habitat for anadromous salmonids
Not Addressed A1. Continue to allow adult spring-run chinook salmon and steelhead passage above the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) weir. After a disease-safe water supply becomes available to the CNFH, allow passage of fall- and late-fall-run chinook salmon and steelhead above the CNFH weir. In the interim, prevent anadromous fish from entering the main hatchery water supply by blocking fish ladders at Wildcat Canyon, Eagle Canyon, and Coleman diversion dams.


Battle Creek confluence with Digger Creek Digger Creek - tributary to Battle Creek Outreach booth