Friday, June 19, 2009

Designated Trout Streams of Van Buren 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]. Exceptions are italicized.
The following list—excerpted from FO-210.08—includes all streams, or portions of streams, currently designated as trout streams in Cass County, which borders Berrien County to the east and north. The 16 designated trout streams of Van Buren County are distributed as follows: 5 in the Black River basin, 3 that drain directly into Lake Michigan, 6 in the Paw Paw River basin (which is technically a sub-unit of the St. Joseph River basin), and 2 in the St. Joseph River basin:

Black River Basin:
  • South Branch Black River Mainstream from T1S, R17W, Sec. 2, to T2S, R16W, Sec. 1
  • Moon Lake Drain (T1S, R16W, Sec. 20)
  • Three Mile Creek (T2S, R16W, Sec. 2)
  • Spicebush Creek (T1N, R16W, Sec. 23) [shared with Allegan County]
  • Barber Creek (T1N, R15W, S21) [shared with Allegan County]
  • Coastal Streams between Black River and St. Joseph River:
  • Deerlick Creek (T1S, R17W, Sec. 21)
  • Brandywine Creek (T2S, R17W, Sec. 8)
  • Rogers Creek (T2S, R18W, Sec. 36)
  • Paw Paw River Basin:
  • Mill Creek (T3S, R17W, Sec. 23)
  • Brush Creek (T3S, R15W, Sec. 10) EXCEPT: Reynolds Lake Drain
  • North Branch Paw Paw River and tributaries above M-40 (T2S, R14W, Sec. 30)
  • West Branch Paw Paw River (T3S, R14W, Sec. 14)
  • East Branch Paw Paw River above M-40 bridge (T3S, R14W, Sec. 13)
  • Pine Creek from Mouth (T3S, R16W, Sec. 17)
  • St. Joseph River Basin:
  • Dowagiac River upstream to M-51 bridge (T4S, R15W, Sec. 26)
  • Dowagiac Drain (T4S, R15W, Sec. 34)
  • Labels:

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