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Michigan's Blue Ribbon Trout Streams

 

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Michigan is blessed with an abundance of cold, quality trout waters offering 38,000 plus miles of rivers and streams, including over 12,500 miles of classified trout streams. Remarkably, 868 miles are considered premier top-quality streams, which Michigan classifies as its Blue Ribbon Trout Streams (BRTS).

A Blue Ribbon Trout Stream must meet certain standards or criteria. It must be one of Michigan's best trout streams, be able to support excellent stocks of wild resident trout, have the physical characteristics to permit fly casting but be shallow enough to wade, produce diverse insect life and good fly hatches, have earned a reputation for providing an excellent (quality) trout fishing experience, and have excellent water quality.

Management of Blue Ribbon Streams by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is directed toward accommodating the needs of trout anglers, maintaining strong stocks of wild resident trout that best suit the character of each stream, maintaining and enhancing trout habitat and the natural stream environment, providing adequate public access and public frontage, and preparing appropriate informational materials on these special Blue Ribbon Trout Streams of Michigan.

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Upper Peninsual Streams

Map - Upper Peninsula Trout Streams

Stream & County

Upstream Limit

Downstream Limit

Number of Miles

1. Brule River; Iron County

M-73

M-189

12.5

2. Cooks Run; Iron County

US-2

Paint River

6

3. Fence River; Iron County

Junction with E. Branch

T45N, R13W, Sec. 35

12

4. Ford River; Dickinson County

T43N, R30W, Sec 15

Henderson

16

5. Fox River; Schoolcraft County

Spring Pond

Seney

18

6. Fox River, East Branch; Schoolcraft Coujnty

M-77

Luce County Line

15

7. Iron River; Iron County

Raft Lake

Iron River

12.5

8. Ontonagon River, East Branch; Houghton County
Wild and Scenic River

Lower Dam Falls

Sparrow Rapids

13

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9. Ontonagon River, Middle Branch; Gogebic and Ontonagon County
Wild and Scenic River

Uppper Section: R45N, R39W, Sec. 19
Lower Section: Bond Falls

Upper Section: Ontonagon County Line
Lower Section: M-28

12
10.5

10. Paint River; Iron County
Wild and Scenic River

USFS Road 149

Gibbs City

18

11. Sturgeon River, West Branch; Houghton County
Wild and Scenic River

W. Br. Sturgeon Falls

M-38

5

12. Tahquamenon River, East Branch; Chippewa County
Wild and Scenic River

Strongs Corner

T46N, R7W, Sec. 9 (near Buckhorn Camp)

19

13. Two Hearted River; Luce County

T48N, R12W, Sec. 12

 Junction with East Branch Two Hearted River

36

Lower Peninsula Streams

Map - Lower Peninsual Trout Streams

Streams & County

Upstream Limit

Downstream Limit

Number of Miles

14. AuGres, East Branch; Iosco County

Junction of Hale Creek and Smith Creek

Whittemore Road

12

15. AuSable, Main Branch; Crawford and Oscoda County
Wild and Scenic River

Upper Section: County 612
Lower Section: Mio Dam

Upper Section: Luzerne County Pk.
Lower Section: Alcona Line

79
17

16. AuSable, North Branch; Crawford and Otsego County

Dam No. 2

Main Branch AuSable

24

17. AuSable, South Branch; Crawford and Roscommon County

Roscommon

Main Branch AuSable

19

18. AuSable, East Branch; Crawford County

Lewiston Grade Road

Main Branch AuSable

7

19. Baldwin Creek; Lake County

24th Street

 Pere Marquette River

12

20. Bear Creek; Manistee County
Wild and Scenic River

Junction with 3rd Creek

Nine Mile Road

15

21. Big Creek, West and East Branches; Crawford County

East Branch: County Line
West Branch: Townline Road

N. Branch AuSable
N. Branch AuSable

7
6

22. Big Creek, Middle, West and East Branches; Oscoda County

West Branch: Junction with Hunt Creek
East Branch: T25N, R2E, Sec. 6

Main Branch AuSable
Mail Branch AuSable

15
5

23. Black River;
Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Montmorency and Otsego County

McKinnon's Bend

Cheboygan/Presque Isle County Line

41

24. Black River, East Branch; Montmorency County

T31, R1E, Sec. 26

Junction with Black River, Main Branch

13

25. Boardman River; Grand Traverse County

Junction with N. & S. Branches

T26N, R11W, Sec. 3

18

26. Boardman River, N. Br.; Grand Traverse and Kalkaska County

Junction with Crafton Creek

T26N, R9W, Sec. 4

10

27. Boardman River, S. Br.;Grand Traverse and Kalkaska County

Boardman River Road

T26N, R9W, Sec. 4

 8

28. Boyne River; Charlevoix County

North Branch: Hudson Rd.
Main Branch: Metros Rd.

 T32N, R5W, Sec. 8
T32N, R5W, Sec. 8

4

29. Canada Creek; Presque Isle and Montmorency County

Junction with Montague Creek

Cheboygan County Line

12

30. Cedar River; Antrim County

Stover Pond

 Bellaire

4

31. Cedar River; Clare & Gladwin County

Junction with Mid. Br.

Bard Road (Gladwin County)

3.5

32. Clam River; Missaukee County

Wexford County Line

Turnerville Road

19

33. Gilchrist Creek; Montmorency County

Branch of Greasey Creek

Thunder Bay River

8

34. Hunt Creek; Montmorency County

Research Station

Thunder Bay River

10

35. Jordan River; Antrim County

Junction with Green River

Charlevoix County Line

9

36. Little Manistee River; Mason and Lake County

County Road 633

Manistee County Line

31

37. Manistee River; Kalkaska and Crawford County
Wild and Scenic River

Deward Area

Junction with North Branch Big Manistee

36

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38. Manistee River, North Branch; Kalkaska County

Mecum Road

Junction with Big Manistee

4

39. Maple River; Emmet County

 Maple River Dam

 Cheboygan County Line

4

40. Middle Branch River; Osceola County

T20N, R7W, Sec. 19

Marion Pond

6

41. Pere Marquette River; Mason and Lake County
Wild and Scenic River

Broadway Road (USFS Road 5132)

Broadway Road (USFS Road 5132)

39

42. Pere Marquette River, Little South Branch; Lake and Newaygo County

Curtis Bridge

Pere Marquette River

9.5

43. Pigeon River; Cheboygan and Otsego County

T32N, R2W, Sec. 25-26 Boundary

M-68

31

44. Pine River; Manistee, Lake and Osceola County
Wild and Scenic River

Juncture of North and East Branch of Pine

Tippy Pond

57

45. Platte River; Benzie County

Maple City Road

Honor

6

46. Sable, Big; Mason and Lake County

USFS Road 51199

USFS Road 5205

12

47. Sturgeon River; Cheybogan and Otsego County

Sturgeon Valley Road

Burt Lake

21

48. Sturgeon River, West Branch; Cheboygan County

Wilderness Road

Sturgeon River

12

49. White River, Newaygo County

USFS Road 5276

 Baseline Road at White Cloud

7.5

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