2021 Habitat Restoration Project at Ancil Hoffman

Big Trucks for Baby Fish

A new project to restore crucial habitat for hundreds of native salmon and steelhead trout is scheduled to begin in August at Ancil Hoffman Park, near Effie Yeaw Nature Center, in Carmichael.

The Ancil Hoffman Habitat Restoration Project will recreate spawning and rearing areas by laying approximately 15,800 cubic yards of sorted and washed rock into the flowing river and carving a new alcove running parallel to the river. Project teams will add large woody material and plant riparian trees and bushes in the alcove, creating places for young fish to feed, grow, and hide from predators.

The project is expected to begin in mid-August and finish by early October, before anadromous Chinook salmon return in high numbers from the Pacific Ocean to the Lower American River. Crews may be on site Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with in-river work occurring only on weekdays (and not on Labor Day).

You’re Invited!

The Water Forum is planning to host several open houses in July to share information about the project and answer questions. More information will be posted to on this website once available. You can also sign up to receive Water Forum updates here

Have Additional Questions?

For more information, contact the project team at (916) 808-1994 or e-mail contact@waterforum.org.

Thank You Partners!

The project is made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Sacramento County Parks and the Sacramento Water Forum.