Monumental Crater Lake/Sun Creek Project

After 100 Years… this natural tributary is now re-open for Historic Fish Passage

The reconnection spot of Sun Creek that disappeared 100 years ago on the Wood River. Photo by Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath Tribes

Hello everyone!

We’re excited to share this 9 minute video link that shows the monumental efforts by so many, to re-open the Crater Lake/Sun Creek Channel in Fort Klamath, Oregon. This video, produced by Jeff Gersh and US Fish and Wildlife, summarizes a long journey that started over 25 years ago.

Thru major efforts of the US Fish & Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, the Klamath Tribes, Ranchers, and so many others, this 25 year dream is now a reality.

See the short video, by clicking the link below, and learn about the re-connection of Sun Creek to the Wood River. A century ago, the creek was diverted for irrigated agriculture; its last several miles disappeared and filled in, leaving a population of bull trout stranded in the headwaters for over 100 years. But, after the new owner of the property (Ed Maletis) agreed to re-connecting the creek and the river, a partnership came together to make it all happen.

Click Youtube link below to see how passion, patience, persistence, and tenacity can bring about unified cooperation for the betterment of our eco-system and humanity: If necessary, please adjust the settings so you can watch at the highest resolution (HD / 1080):

Video by: Jeff Gersh  |  Producer

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Nell Scott, Trout Unlimited; and Jared McKee, US Fish & Wildlife at re-entry point on the river. Photo by Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath Tribes
Liston Case, US Fish & Wildlife, monitors closely the last few feet of years of monumental work. Photo by Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath Tribes
Crater Lake National Park employees work hard to catch the fish for study in the new creek. Photo by Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath News


The exact point of re-connection to the Wood River from Ed Maletis’s Sun Creek Ranch property in Fort, Klamath, Oregon.

A Creek Once More