Unnamed spring channel, Hoh River, Olympic National Park
Spring channels on Washington's Olympic Peninsula like this form when the main river changes course, and the original channel becomes isolated and eventually evolves into an independent tributary. Over the years the old river bars grow into alder bottoms with mixed softwood trees. Many such streams provide excellent spawning and juvenile rearing habitat for coho salmon and steelhead.
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Rivers and Streams