Cougar Dam on the South Fork of the McKenzie River

Cougar Dam is located at river mile 4.4 on the South Fork McKenzie River, about 42 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. Cougar Dam has two hydropower generating units capable of producing 25 megawatts in total.

Carrying out the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) from the 2008 Willamette Project Biological Opinion requires a suite of actions determined necessary to protect ESA-listed Upper Willamette River Spring Chinook salmon and Upper Willamette River Winter Steelhead ESUs. Key actions which apply for all of the project dams covered under the 2008 Opinion include:

In addition, RPA actions for Cougar Dam includes:


Cougar Dam Photo - Army Corps of Engineers

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