Upper Prickly Pear Fishing Access

Restoration work began at this site in 2015. The purpose of this project was to reduce the excessive amount of sediment eroded into the channel.

  • Eroding sections of Prickly Pear Creek were realigned.
  • Stream banks were treated with juniper tree revetments, willow cuttings, root wads and rock to reduce bank erosion.
  • Approximately 2,400 feet of Prickly Pear Creek were treated and restored.
  • A water gap for livestock access was installed, allowing the landowner to fence stock from the project area.
  • These actions added significant floodplain capacity to Prickly Pear Creek Channel.
  • Re-vegetation was part of the restoration plan, but, unfortunately,the planting was delayed due to extended permitting processes. This resulted in the death of the majority of the willows.

    On March 21st, 2017, a group of volunteers harvested about 1000 willow cuttings that will be planted within the next two weeks. We will be using a hydraulic stinger (a power-washer on steroids) to plant the willows well into the water table.


    The following week (March 27th and 30th), volunteers from the community of Helena, Fish Wildlife & Parks, Lewis & Clark Conservation District and Big Sky Watershed Corps helped plant the willow cuttings along the banks of the spring creek and Prickly Pear Creek.

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