Buck Flat

Buck Flat is a 57 acre parcel upstream in the spawning reach.  The Tuolumne River Conservancy is a majority owner in a local joint venture to restore the floodplain and one half mile of river.  The area was used during the building of New Don Pedro Dam as a maintenance area and a bridge was built to carry the cobble across the river.  The cobble had been removed from the floodplain as far downstream as Bobcat Flat Phase I and Phase II, and then trucked on “haul” roads to the dam.  Buck flat has a remnant haul road that crosses the floodplain preventing natural flow during Spring flood releases.  Parts of the bridge remain in the river and should be removed.  Restoration will create a natural floodplain, side channel, and riffles for spawning.