Restoring habitat for shore-spawning kokanee in Kootenay Lake

Project Year: 2020-2021

Multi-year Project

Photo: Province of BC

Project Lead

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society

Watershed/Sub-region

Columbia Region

West Kootenay

Project Type

Habitat-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution

$18,000

Action Plan Alignment

Ecosystems

Project ID

COL-F21-F-3248

Shore-spawning Kokanee Research and Restoration Project

The Shore-spawning Kokanee Research and Restoration Project, led by the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society, focuses on collecting data and restoring habitat for declining shore-spawning Kokanee in the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Gravel installed at a lower elevation than the current rearing habitat will encourage Kokanee to spawn at elevations unaffected by fluctuations in the hydrograph. It is expected that Kokanee will show a preference for restored habitat, reducing the risk of redds being de-watered in the spring.

Update: Improving kokanee habitat

Creating spawning habitat at McDonalds Landing Regional Park: 80 m3 of clean spawning gravel was added to a 50-m-long stretch of water near the shoreline along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, north of Nelson. It provides new habitat for declining shore-spawning kokanee and reduces the risk of redds being dewatered in the spring. Friends of Kootenay Lake led the project with help from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and funding from the FWCP.