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Ocean to Idaho

Mile 828: Restoration

Roll out the ‘redd’ carpet! A few dozen Chinook salmon are coming home. They’re entering the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River. It’s mile 828 of an 850-mile migration from the ocean to Idaho. Their home water is the site of a massive restoration project decades in the making.

Note: Redds with 2 d’s is not a typo. Redds are the official term for fish spawning beds. Salmon lay their eggs in gravel they clean on the river bottom. That spot is their redd.