Thursday, June 18, 2009

Designated Trout Streams of Berrien County, Michigan

Fisheries Order (FO) 210.08 lists Designated Trout Streams for the State of Michigan (.pdf), to wit:
Under the authority of Section 48701(o), as amended, being Sections 324.48701(o) of the Michigan Compiled Laws, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources on November 8, 2007, order that for a period of five years the streams and portions of streams in the list which follows are hereby designated as trout streams.

Unless otherwise described, the location description listed after the stream name indicates the downstream limit of the trout designation. All of the stream and its tributaries, unless excepted, from that point upstream are designated trout waters [emphases added].
The following list—excerpted from FO-210.08—includes all streams, or portions of streams, currently designated as trout streams in Berrien County. These total 23 in number, distributed as follows: 5 in the Galien River basin, 2 in the Paw Paw River basin (which is technically a sub-unit of the St. Joseph River basin), and 16 (including McCoy Creek) in the St. Joseph River basin:

Galien River Basin:
  • Galien River from T7S, R19W, Sec. 17, Weesaw upstream (mainstream only)
  • East Branch Galien River (T7S, R19W, Sec. 17, Weesaw) to Boyle Lake (mainstream only)
  • Blue Jay Creek (T7S, R19W, Sec. 20, Weesaw)
  • South Branch Galien River (T8S, R21W, Sec. 36, New Buffalo) mainstream only
  • Spring Creek (T8S, R20W, Sec. 20, Three Oaks) upstream to T8S, R20W Sec. 22, excluding tributaries
  • Paw Paw River Basin:
  • Sand Creek (T4S, R18W, Sec. 7, Benton)
  • Blue Creek (T4S, R18W, Sec. 4, Benton)
  • St. Joseph River Basin:
  • Hickory Creek (T4S, R19W, Sec. 35, St. Joseph)
  • Big Meadow Drain (T5S, R18W, Sec. 8, Royalton)
  • Pipestone Creek and tributaries (T5S, R18W, Sec. 4, Royalton)
  • Lemon Creek (T6S, R18W, Sec. 11, Oronoko)
  • Farmers Creek (T6S, R17W, Sec. 6, Berrien)
  • Puterbaugh Creek (T6S, R17W, Sec. 8, Berrien)
  • Love Creek (T6S, R17W, Sec. 7, Berrien)
  • Townsend Creek (T6S, R17W, Sec. 19, Berrien)
  • Old Bitty Creek (T7S, R18W, Sec. 23, Buchanan)
  • McCoy Creek (T7S, R18W, Sec. 25, Buchanan)
  • Walton Creek (T7S, R17W, Sec. 16, Niles)
  • Glen Creek (T7S, R17W, Sec. 15, Niles)
  • Dowagiac River Mainstream (T7S, R17W, Sec. 22, Niles)
  • Bertrand Creek (T8S, R17W, Sec. 22, Bertrand)
  • Brandywine Creek (T8S, R17W, Sec. 3, Bertrand)
  • Unnamed creek (T8S, R17W, Sec. 10, Bertrand)
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