Lamprey Eels at Willamette Falls - 1913


Lamprey Eels at Willamette Falls

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Lamprey eels are actually a fish, not an eel. Older than salmon, they also migrate to the ocean and return to Northwest rivers to spawn. They climb the rocks using their sucker mouth to inch up the steep face. Now even more endangered than salmon, they are still harvested in a few places by Native Americans, including Willamette Falls. This photo from a century ago gives us an idea of how many there used to be.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon. Original courtesy of the Clackamas County Historical Society.

Additional Information

Item Number CC0153
Photographer Unknown
Location Oregon City, West Linn, Willamette Falls, Clackamas County
Subject Fishing, Waterfalls
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.3 x 5.4 inches
Photographer's Number No