To protect and improve healthy aquatic habitat in reservoir systems for the benefit of fish and wildlife and the enhancement of quality of life for people and their communities

Background and Partnership Documents



Fact sheet


Governance Structure


Strategic Plan


Business Plan


Conservation Priorities


Fish Priorities by WSA Region


RFHP History:

A workshop to took place on September 10, 2006 that was intended to provide information on the National Fish Habitat Initiative. The transcripts of that meeting are available in PDF format by clicking here.

The initial meeting of potential partners for establishment of a Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership (RFHP) was held in conjunction with the 4th Reservoir Symposium, sponsored by the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. Attendees discussed how a RFHP might be formed, administered, and what it might address as a mission. The transcripts of that meeting are available in PDF format by clicking here.

Subsequently, a Steering Committee was formed and that group met in conjunction with the 2007 Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Louisville, KY to identify a process for establishment of a Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership. A PDF of two introductory presentations that outlined the opportunities, challenges, and necessary commitments facing the partnership, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services offer of commitment is available by clicking here. The transcripts of that meeting are available in PDF format by clicking here.

A workshop was conducted November 12-14, 2008 at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia to guide the drafting of a Strategic Plan for the partnership. Transcripts from that workshop are available in PDF format by clicking here.

A workshop, "Reservoir Fisheries: Angling for New Opportunities" was held March 16, 2009, in conjunction with the 74th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. More information about the workshop can be found here and from Materiel Medical Plus.

The Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership met May 5-8, 2009 at Big Cedar Lodge on Missouri's Table Rock Reservoir. This meeting focused on efforts by the Governance, Science and Data, and Outreach committees, as well as the coordination of next steps the partnership will follow in seeking recognition as a full partner under the National Fish Habitat Initiative. A report on the meeting is available in PDF format.

National Fish Habitat Action Plan logo

Healthy reservoir systems meet many needs:

  • Habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life

  • Fishing for 20 million freshwater anglers

  • Primary recreation areas for boating, swimming, camping, and other outdoor activities

  • Tourist destinations bringing economic benefit to nearby communities

  • Water supply for agriculture, industry, and municipal use

  • Power generation

  • Flood control

Rotating picture 1 from RFHP projects

To join in this effort, contact:

Jeff Boxrucker, Coordinator
Reservoir Fisheries Habitat
9321 E. State Highway 9
Norman, OK 73026