Lamprey and Steelhead Surveyors

Welcome, Lamprey and Steelhead Surveyors!

In 2017, Johnson Creek Watershed Council launched a new Community Science project focused on native fish species, lamprey and steelhead. These fish are important for both thriving river ecosystems and for local Native American tribes.  Native Americans’ Traditional Ecological Knowledge is a source of rich information about lamprey; Western science is still learning about them. There has been no comprehensive survey of the Johnson Creek watersheds’ lamprey and steelhead, though due to both confirmed and unconfirmed sightings we know they’re there! To learn more, volunteers took charge. With the second year in 2018, from February-May, volunteer pairs walk mile-long stretches of the creek, searching for signs of fish spawning activity. JCWC hopes these surveys will provide information on the distribution and abundance of these species. This invaluable data may allow us to prioritize restoration projects that aid the recovery of these little known species. Thank you, surveyors, for your important work!

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email us at [email protected] or call 503-652-7477 ext 102.

Training materials:

Checklist + FAQs
Survey Reaches – Maps & Directions
Data Sheet
Data Sheet – Reach to Mark
Clipboard “Cheat Sheet” – helpful tips
Orientation Quiz (with answers!)
Volunteer Logistics Presentation (JCWC)
ODFW Presentation (Coming soon!)
Johnson Creek Overview Presentation

Data Entry:

Lamprey-Steelhead Survey Form

Highlighted Discovery:

February 18th, 2017: 5 Brook Lamprey spotted in Crystal Springs

Lamprey-Steelhead Diaries:

Lamprey-Steelhead Diaries 2017

Background: What are the Lamprey-Steelhead Diaries?
The Lamprey-Steelhead Diaries are a public forum created for lamprey-steelhead surveyors. Volunteers post comments and photos about their experiences wading through different sections of Johnson Creek looking for lamprey and steelhead in spring 2017. Enjoy the read.


Have feedback on how to improve the salmon surveys? Your opinion matters to us. Please fill out the volunteer survey below.
Volunteer Survey