What is fish habitat, and why is it important?
Native fish (including our native brook trout) and other aquatic wildlife call the Bad River watershed home. Cold-water tributaries are especially important to fish for rearing and spawning. They also use these smaller channels for resting during the hot summer months (tributaries often have more vegetation cover so the water is cooler) AND during high flow events when the main channel is difficult to navigate.
To use this habitat, fish must be able to navigate through the many culverts found at road crossings and field crossings throughout the watershed. Channel conditions, such as large woody debris and exposed gravels, are also important.
What can you do?
• Fish Friendly Culverts
• Iron County Culvert video (2012)
• Large Woody Debris Restores Whittlesey Creek (2013)
Large woody debris placement, huronpines.org