Interpretive Walk: Link River

Host Klamath County Museum
Location Putnam Point (near north trailhead of Link River Trail)
Date Apr 08, 2017
Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

‘High water’ walk on Link River offered

An interpretive walk focusing on high flows in Link River will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, starting at Putnam Point near the north trailhead of the Link River Trail.

Staff from the Klamath County Museum and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will lead the free walk.

“We’re not setting any records this year, but it has been 20 years since we’ve seen this much water going down the Link River Canyon,” said Todd Kepple, manager of the Klamath County Museum. “We’d like to take this opportunity to explore a variety of issues related to water management, including how the stream channel of the Link River was altered nearly 100 years ago.”

The Bureau of Reclamation owns Link River Dam and is responsible for managing releases from Link River in order to conserve as much water as possible in Upper Klamath Lake while guarding against the risk of flooding around the shoreline of the lake and supplying flows for salmon downstream in the Klamath River.

Pacificorp operates the dam on behalf of Reclamation and in the past has generated power at the dam.

Flows in Link River peaked at 7,470 cubic feet per second on March 27, according to provisional data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Flows have since decreased, but remain substantially higher than average.

As of April 1, Upper Klamath Lake remained about 6 inches below full pool, or about 90 percent of its capacity. Reclamation plans to gradually bring the lake to full pool as the risk of flooding diminishes.

The walk will cover about 1.5 miles, from Putnam Point to the falls on Link River and back. The walk will take about an hour. The walk will take place rain or shine. Pets on leash are allowed.

For more information contact the museum at (541) 882-1000.