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TU improving trout, salmon habitat in Michigan's Bigelow Creek

Bigelow Creek located in Newaygo County, Mich., is a cold water trout stream that provides a thermal refuge for the marginal Muskegon River.   

The creek supports a self-sustaining population of brook and brown trout, and boasts runs of anadromous fish including coho salmon, chinook salmon and steelhead.  

Trout Unlimited and partners have been working to address barriers to fish passage at road-stream crossings in the watershed. So far, four of nine priority sites have been addressed and a new ArcGIS StoryMap highlights the effort’s progress to this point. 

Partners in the effort include the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, the U.S Forest Service and the Newaygo County Road Commission

TU staffer Matthias Bonzo, a project coordinator in the Great Lakes region, built the StoryMap. Reach Bonzo at

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.