Fish Passage & Migration


With the help of stalwart partners, the RCD and San Mateo County Parks just removed the final two human-made barriers to fish passage in Pescadero Creek, opening up 62.3 miles of unimpeded access to spawning and rearing habitat for coho salmon and steelhead trout!

Removal of the barriers- demolishing a concrete dam and modifying a road crossing- will facilitate the natural development of habitat upstream and downstream of the former structures, help restore spawning riffles and pools, and moderate water temperatures along this section of the creek, all of which are beneficial for fish.

Check out the time lapse video of dam demolition here:

Click here to see our photo album of the fish passage barriers, construction, and the completed project.



RCD Contact: Joe Issel

Photo credit: Sara Stasi