Improving Connectivity and Habitat on the Pere Marquette River
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In the watershed of the Pere Marquette River, which drains areas of Mason and Lake Counties (Lower Peninsula, MI) to Lake Michigan

The Mason-Lake Conservation District will restore a former log-roll site and replace three failing road–stream crossings along the Pere Marquette River and its tributaries. This work will significantly reduce sediment input, reconnect 14 miles of stream to allow passage of fish and other aquatic organisms, and enhance two miles of drowned river-mouth wetland habitat. Legacy effects from logging practices have resulted in erosion that has contributed significant sediment inputs to both the River and the drowned river-mouth wetland downstream. Additionally, failing road–stream crossings on the River’s tributaries prevent the passage of fish and other aquatic species, including brook trout. The stabilization and restoration of the eroding riverbank along with the wetland shoreline restoration will improve trout and salmon habitat and enhance habitat for reptiles, amphibians, birds, and macroinvertebrates. By replacing the three failing road–stream crossings, the project will reconnect 14 miles and of upstream fish habitat to 55 miles of river and tributaries downstream, providing full passage to a variety of fish, mussel, wildlife, amphibian, reptile, and aquatic insect species.

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