Reed College Canyon

Canyon Resources

Crystal Springs Creek data

from Rick Boatner, ODFW, June 9, 1993


The following information comes from Rick Boatner at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This article is being published as a historical reference. Some information may no longer be current.


Crystal Springs Cr. starts from large springs located above Reed College and stretches about 2.25 mi. to the confluence of Crystal Springs and Johnson Cr. located at SE Linn and 21st street.


In the late 50's and early 60's Winter Steelhead from Alsea, Bonneville and Roaring River fish hatcheries were released into Crystal Springs Creek. Between 1958 and 1961 Crystal Springs Creek had an egg take station for Steelhead. The station was located at Eastmoreland golf course in 1958 and 1959 and in Johnson Creek Park in 1960 and 1961.

Egg incubator boxes containing steelhead and coho have been in operation on Crystal Springs Creek since 1983. In 1991 the first incubator box for spring Chinook went into operation. Most of the egg incubation boxes were located in the lower section of Crystal Springs Creek.

Habitat work was conducted in 1987 near Westmoreland Park consisting of log structures and bank stabilization. In 1988 habitat work was conducted near Reed College again in the form of log structures and bank stabilization.


Since 1975 at least four population inventory surveys have been conducted on Crystal Springs Cr. The list of species inventoried consisted of the following species (J=juveniles, A=adults):

Family Salmonidae:

Coho Salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch (J, A)

Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (J, A)

Steelhead and/or Rainbow trout, Salmo gairdneri (J, A)

Cutthroat Trout, Salmo clarki (J, A)

Family Cyprinidae

Carp, Cyprinies carpio (A)

Redside Shiner, Richardsonius balteatus balteatus (J, A)

Speckled Dace, Rhinichthys osculus (A)

Family Catastomidae

Largescale Sucker, Catostomus macrocheilus (J, A)

Bridgelip Sucker, Catostomus columbianus (J, A)

Family Centrarchidae:

Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides (A)

Smallmouth Bass, Micropterus dolomieui (J)

Bluegill, Lepomis macrochirus (J, A)

Family Ictaluridae:

Brown Bullhead, Ictalurus nebulosus (A)

Family Gasterosteidae

Threespine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus

Family Petromyzontedae

Pacific lamprey, Entosphenus tridentatus

Family Cottidae

Prickly sculpin, Cottus asper (A)