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Founding Fish Wall


Final Fundraising

The Salmon Whitewater Park Association has been generously gifted an anonymous 4-1 match by a kind member of our community making this goal achievable, but we need your help to get there!  We believe this is an amazing gift of opportunity for our youth, our community, our businesses and the future of our town.  Please help us reach our final goal.


We have designed a Founding Fish Wall which will be the installation of bronze, life size fish that will be anchored to the boulder terracing along the banks of the proposed wave location.  These fish have been hand created by local youth and artists with the help of Bob Duerloo and are to be cast in Joseph, Oregon.  We have created different levels of donations based on type of fish to take us to the fundraising finish line and also create a beautiful art installation for our community and visitors.  We will also be creating a plaque for those donating less than $1,000 as we realize all our donors and supporters are important and should be recognized.

Sculpin $1,000 

This stealth little creature can be found near the bottom of stream channels hiding between rocks or burying themselves in the cobble. They can blend in with their surrounding due to their tremendous camouflage. Their fins have soft spines and they have prickles on parts of their bodies. Prehistoric looking and well camouflaged, the presence of these shy fish indicate a healthy stream habitat. An essential component of the overall ecosystem, sculpin remind us that great things can happen when we all contribute. 

Bull Trout $3,000 

These native Idaho predators are the force of high altitude rivers and creeks. The adults spawn in clean, cold waters in the late summer and early fall. They migrate from their larger feeding streams to smaller tributaries to spawn. At the top of the food chain, bull trout can grow up to 30 pounds and have the longest life span of any trout. Your purchase of a Bull trout will benefit the Whitewater Park visitors for years to come. 

Westslope Cutthroat Trout $3,000

These stunning colorful  trout are the state fish of Idaho! Cutthroat are fun to catch with dry flies on warm summer days. They are often found in the Salmon River in the winter months and go into tributary streams in the spring to spawn stay there through the fall for the colder water temperatures. Invoking playfulness yet challenging your skills, they are a worthy target for anglers. Rise to the fly and land your cutthroat. 

Steelhead $5,000

Aptly named for their athleticism and determination and known worldwide as a premiere sport fish, the Salmon River is home to these beauties. Traditionally they are cultural and recreational cornerstones of our community. These fish are actually rainbow trout that have adapted to migrating to the ocean for growth, then return to fresh water to spawn. Depending on how many years they spend in the ocean, Salmon River steelhead can reach up to 38 inches. Sponsoring this iconic fish shows your deep connection to a sense of place. 

Chinook Salmon: $5,000

These are known as king salmon, and for good reason. They are the largest of the salmon species often measuring close to 3 feet in length and powerful enough to travel from Salmon to the ocean and back again. Before European settlers came to the Pacific Northwest, the Chinook salmon that called the Lemhi Valley their home were some of the largest within the Columbia River Drainage. These fish still persist today throughout the Upper Salmon Basin, spawning in late August through September. Their offspring utilize these clean, cold waters to grow large before heading on the long journey to the ocean. A Chinook salmon with your name on it shows your strength and commitment to the Salmon community.  

Sockeye Salmon $10,000

There are not many of these brilliant red salmon left in the West. Once prolific but now rare, these gems are Idaho’s only anadromous lake spawners. Like the rest of this basin’s salmon and steelhead, our Sockeye are in peril. They were the first to be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1991. Your purchase of a sockeye is a reflection of wild Idaho and rural tenacity.

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