Species Removal & Relocation
Big Camas Creek is a small second order stream which forms Camas Creek approximately 9 miles upstream of Fort Logan, MT and 17 miles upstream of the confluence of Camas Creek and the Smith River. The proposed action involves removal of non-native Yellowstone cutthroat trout from Big Camas Creek and Camas Lake above a natural waterfall fish barrier using EPA registered piscicides containing rotenone. After removal of non-native fish, native westslope cutthroat trout would be introduced into both Big Camas Creek and Camas Lake. Approximately 3.5 miles of the reach of stream would be treated with rotenone all on the Helena National Forest. The nearest private land on Big Camas Creek is 0.80 miles downstream from the treatment area. Benefits of the proposed action include increasing the total miles of non-hybridized WCT inhabited stream in the Smith Drainage from 13 to 16.5 miles, a 27% increase in the Smith Drainage, and restoration of a 6 surface acre natural lake. This would also replicate an existing population of non-hybridized WCT in the Smith Drainage, and reduce the risk of potential listing under the Endangered Species Act. The project is intended to provide a unique opportunity for anglers to fish for Montana’s state fish in an accessible area of the Helena National Forest.