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Ecological Projects >> Walker River >> Mountain Gate, West Fork Walker River

Project:  Conceptual Recreation and Habitat Enhancement Plan for Mountain Gate, West Fork Walker River

Client:  United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Date:  Project completed July 2005.

Site Location:   Mountain Gate is located along the West Fork of the Walker River near the Nevada-California border.

Conceptual layout for Mountain Gate with island and fishing pond, loop trials, and day use area shown.
Conceptual layout for Mountain Gate with island and fishing pond, loop trials, and day use area shown.
Project Summary:
The purpose of this project was to create a conceptual plan for the improvement of visitor experience as well as riparian and wildlife habitat.  Implementation of this plan would result in the development of a public recreation area along the West Fork of the Walker River with handicap fishing opportunities, nature trails, and day-use picnic facilities.  A drive-in loop road to access a parking area, restroom, nature trail, day use area, and handicap fishing pond would be constructed.

 The primary public visitation features and facilities presented in the plan include:

  • Creation of a public visitation site
  • Construction of an automobile entry and loop road
  • 12 automobile parking spaces
  • 2 handicap parking spaces
  • 4 RV/Bus parking
  • Double unit vault restroom
  • Construction of a fishing pond
  • Construction of infiltration galleries that would provide water to the pond and wetland
  • Handicap fishing access loop trail
  • Bridge to fishing island
  • 4 handicap fishing platforms
  • 1 handicap access day use site
  • Loop trail around the fishing pond
  • Nature loop trail
  • 4 non-handicap day-use sites
  • Wildlife viewing area

The primary ecological features and benefits presented in the plan include:

  • Moving a flood control levee away from the river bank and rebuilding it further from the river
  • Increasing riparian forest in the current location of the levee
  • Developing pond and wetland habitat in the riparian area
  • Developing riparian habitat in the nature trail area
  • Educating the public about the local wildlife and ecology
  • Educating the public about the native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

Project Update:
The conceptual recreation and habitat enhancement plan was completed in July 2005.

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