Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Tule Lake Restoration, Phase I

Ducks Unlimited and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife completed the Tule Lake Phase I restoration project in 2003. This project included the acquisition of over 600 acres that were added to the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. The project also included the restoration and enhancement of over 500 acres of wetland habitat and a three mile reach of Ladd Creek. Ducks Unlimited engineers designed and constructed two large fish ladders on the restored section of Ladd Creek. The impressive fish ladders allow fish to move up the restored stream channel while maintaining the ability to manage wetland habitat. The project provides excellent breeding, migration and wintering habitat for thousands of waterfowl and offers additional opportunities for public recreation, including hunting. Other partners who assisted ODFW and DU in this effort included the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and the Bonneville Power Administration. The total restoration cost of this huge project was approximately $1 million.