Northeast Recovery Region
The Northeast Washington Salmon Recovery Region encompasses the mainstem Columbia River
and tributaries above Chief Joseph Dam to the Canadian border, Spokane River and its
tributaries upstream to Post Falls Dam, and the Pend Oreille River and its tributaries
from the Canadian border upstream to Albeni Falls Dam. It includes mountain ranges
with elevations from 5,000 to 7,000 feet. Major river valleys include the Spokane,
Pend Oreille, Colville, Kettle, San Poil, and Columbia.
The Pend Oreille River is the second largest river in Washington and flows for 155
miles from its headwaters at Lake Pend Oreille to the confluence with the Columbia
River in British Columbia. The region is mostly rural with large areas of forested
mountains and valleys of open pasture.
Major Factors Limiting Recovery
Hatchery and Harvest Priorities
Federal bull trout draft recovery plan; status review under way