The Knife River is a state protected water and a Designated Trout Stream. It is nationally known as a prime fresh-water steelhead fishery and is managed as a cold-water trout fishery for native species including brook trout. The Knife River is characterized by steep gradients, multiple water-falls and cascades, tea-colored water, and remnant old-growth forest cover types including white pine, Norway pine and white cedar. For all its attributes, the Knife River does not meet water quality standards for sediments and turbidity.

Stream with eroding stream bank

Construction equipment on eroding stream bank    People standing along the Knife River after the restoration work was completed

In 2013 bank erosion surveys were conducted to quantify the sediment entering the river from eroding banks.  From this data a priority list of banks was created.  One of these banks was addressed with a bank stabilization project in 2014.  This project used toe-wood methodology to create a floodplain bench.  This bench was created from all natural materials--tree trunks, root wads, brush, soil, and willow.  This floodplain bench will  reduce erosion from the stream bank, create fish habitat, and provide native vegetation along the river corridor.  Another project using similar methods will be completed downstream on the Knife River in 2015!

Visit this link and go to the bottom of the page to see the Knife/Hawk Hill panorama and the 3D point cloud data.

Work on the Knife River is funded by the Clean Water Fund of the State of Minnesota and by the Great Lakes Commission. To learn more about these funding sources follow the links below:

 Great Lakes Commission logo
Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment logo         
   Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources logo

Presentations - April 22, 2013 Advocates for the Knife River Watershed Meeting