The Great Outdoors: Lake Billy’s Water Withdrawal Tower

When Round Butte Dam was built near Madras in 1964, it created a recreation paradise known as Lake Billy Chinook.

But it also stopped salmon and steelhead from reaching their historic spawning grounds in the Crooked, Deschutes and Metolius rivers above the dam.

In this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Parr Lumber, Brooke Snavely tours the “Selective Water Withdrawal Tower,” the centerpiece of a decade-long effort to restore fish runs above and below Lake Billy Chinook.

 

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