Big Wood River Below Magic

Trout Unlimited in partnership with the Wood River Land Trust is working on a solution to the problem of maintaining year round water flows on the Big Wood River below Magic Reservoir.

In good water years,  more fish survive, but in low water years the water is shut off  as early as July, resulting in significant fish kill.   Thousands of large rainbow and brown trout, many over 18” die due to lack of water. TU has been working on solutions to this problem for 8 years.

We continue to work on creative solutions to obtain a permanent year round water source for this unique ecosystem and fishery.

Over the past years we have collected  water quality information on this portion of the Big Wood River in the spring, summer and fall.

We continue to be optimistic and are working with water users to try and find a win-win solution for this problem.   We will keep you updated as changes occur.