Gold Hill Hydroelectric Dam Removal

Rogue River Basin; Rogue River, Jackson County, Oregon

Project Profile

Before removal, the dam blocked passage for ESA-listed fish, and contributed to downstream habitat degradation. Removal of the dam is contributing to survival and recovery of salmon and steelhead species by restoring access to high-quality upstream spawning and rearing habitat.   

Listed Species

Southern Oregon/Northern California Coho


City of Gold Hill

FERC Relicensing Status

Although the project historically diverted water for municipal supply and power production, it had not been used for power purposes for many decades and was never licensed by FERC.  The dam was removed by the owner, City of Gold Hill, with funds from NOAA Restoration Center and others, in July 2008.


FERC never licensed this dam.

No NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion