For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Phone: 360-902-2515


WDFW, the City of Mount Vernon, and Skagit County worked together to remove this barrier on Maddox Creek.

Immediately after barrier removal, 10 adult Coho salmon were observed spawning upstream.

The ability of salmon and steelhead to swim upstream to their traditional spawning grounds is vital to their recovery across Washington. Deteriorating culverts, outdated bridges, and other barriers block fish passage in many streams and undermine the state's recovery efforts.

WDFW leads the state in resolving fish passage barrier problems, and is an active partner in supporting the public, state and local agencies, and restoration groups with their efforts to locate, prioritize and fund fish passage barrier repairs across Washington State.

Program Highlights: