Haberzetle Dam

Landowner and Tribe partner on salmon recovery

About the Project

Haberzetle Dam was a 65-foot-wide earthen dam used as a bridge and, before the pond behind the dam filled with silt, water for livestock. The dam crosses an unnamed creek that is a
tributary to the Snoqualmie River and completely blocks fish from entering the river. At the mouth of the river, where the Snoqualmie meets the Puget Sound, sits the 35-square-mile reservation of the federally recognized Tulalip Tribes of Washington where 2,700 of its 5,000+ members live.

The Tulalip Tribes’ Natural Resources Department is leading an extensive salmon restoration effort in the Snoqualmie River watershed as one of two priority river basins within their Treaty-designated hunting and fishing area.

The Tulalip Tribes worked with the landowner to replace the dam in the fall of 2021 with a bridge that allows the Haberzetles to access their property on the other side of the creek. In late 2021, after the project was completed, a salmon redd was found upstream of the dam, demonstrating the immediate impact of the project.

The Tribes are also coordinating with the Washington State Department of Transportation to remediate a nearby highway culvert immediately upstream of the Haberzetle Dam as part of the federal court-ordered program to remediate fish-blocking culverts on state highways. Without the Haberzetle project, fish would not reach the upstream culvert project.

Joe Haberzetle and his brother are third-generation co-owners of the 40-acre property. The brothers eagerly supported and financially contributed to the project and its end goal to restore salmon on their property and for the Tribes.

Owner: Joe Haberzetle
Size: 65 feet wide, 16 feet long, 5 feet high
Project Cost: $300,000
ORF Investment: Dam removal and construction
Miles Opened: .4 miles
Fish: Chinook, coho, pink, and chum salmon; steelhead; sea run cutthroat; and bull trout
Status: Dam removed Sept 2021; state culvert remediation scheduled for 2022

  • Open 0.4 miles of stream that reestablishes salmonid access to high quality, complex stream habitat in a tributary with nearly full tree canopy cover and cobble and gravel substrate suitable for spawning that is directly connected to the mainstem Snoqualmie River
  • In coordination with State culvert remediation upstream, open one mile of prime habitat


  • Support treaty-protected cultural, economic, and spiritual values for the Tulalip Tribes
  • Address landowner’s safety, reliability, and liability concerns
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Project Partners

Haberzetle Family and Haberzetle Farm

Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board