MICHIGAN'S BLUE RIBBON
TROUT STREAMS

All of the following information was provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, and may be obtained in a brochure by contacting the department.

  • Upper Peninsula Streams: List and Map
  • Lower Peninsula Streams: List and Map
  • Information About Michigan's Blue Ribbon Trout Streams

UPPER PENINSULA STREAMS
Upper Peninsula Map

Stream and County

Upstream Limit

Downstream Limit

Miles

1. Brule River; Iron Co.

M-73

M-189

12.5

2. Cooks Run; Iron Co.

US-2

Paint River

6

3. Fence River; Iron Co.

Junction with E. Branch

T45N, R13W, Sec. 35

12

4. Ford River; Dickinson Co.

T43N, R30W, Sec 15

Henderson

16

5. Fox River; Schoolcraft Co.

Spring Pond

Seney

18

6. Fox River, East Branch; Schoolcraft Co.

M-77

Luce County Line

15

7. Iron River; Iron Co.

Raft Lake

Iron River

12.5

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

Lower Dam Falls

Sparrow Rapids

13

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

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

Upper Section: Ontonagon Co. Line
Lower Section: M-28

12
10.5

10. Paint River; Iron Co.
Wild and Scenic River

USFS Road 149

Gibbs City

18

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

W. Br. Sturgeon Falls

M-38

5

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

Strongs Corner

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

19

13. Two Hearted River; Luce Co.

T48N, R12W, Sec. 12

Junction with East Branch Two Hearted River

36

LOWER PENINSULA STREAMS
Lower Peninsula Map

Stream and County

Upstream Limit

Downstream Limit

Miles

14. AuGres, East Branch; Iosco Co.

Junction of Hale Creek and Smith Creek

Whittemore Road

12

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

Upper Section: Co. 612
Lower Section: Mio Dam

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

79
17

16. AuSable, North Branch; Crawford and Otsego Co.

Dam No. 2

Main Branch AuSable

24

17. AuSable, South Branch; Crawford and Roscommon Co.

Roscommon

Main Branch AuSable

19

18. AuSable, East Branch; Crawford Co.

Lewiston Grade Road

Main Branch AuSable

7

19. Baldwin Creek; Lake Co.

24th Street

Pere Marquette River

12

20. Bear Creek; Manistee Co.
Wild and Scenic River

Junction with 3rd Creek

Nine Mile Road

15

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

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 Co.

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 Co.

McKinnon's Bend

Cheboygan/Presque Isle County Line

41

24. Black River, East Branch; Montmorency Co.

T31, R1E, Sec. 26

Junction with Black River, Main Branch

13

25. Boardman River; Grand Traverse Co.

Junction with N. & S. Branches

T26N, R11W, Sec. 3

18

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

Junction with Crafton Creek

T26N, R9W, Sec. 4

10

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

Boardman River Road

T26N, R9W, Sec. 4

8

28. Boyne River; Charlevoix Co.

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

T32N, R5W, Sec. 8
T32N, R5W, Sec. 8

4

29. Canada Creek; Presque Isle and Montmorency Co.

Junction with Montague Creek

Cheboygan County Line

12

30. Cedar River; Antrim Co.

Stover Pond

Bellaire

4

31. Cedar River; Clare & Gladwin Co.

Junction with Mid. Br.

Bard Road (Gladwin Co.)

3.5

32. Clam River; Missaukee Co.

Wexford Co. Line

Turnerville Road

19

33. Gilchrist Creek; Montmorency Co.

Branch of Greasey Creek

Thunder Bay River

8

34. Hunt Creek; Montmorency Co.

Research Station

Thunder Bay River

10

35. Jordan River; Antrim Co.

Junction with Green River

Charlevoix Co. Line

9

36. Little Manistee River; Mason and Lake Co.

County Road 633

Manistee Co. Line

31

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

Deward Area

Junction with North Branch Big Manistee

36

38. Manistee River, North Branch; Kalkaska Co.

Mecum Road

Junction with Big Manistee

4

39. Maple River; Emmet Co.

Maple River Dam

Cheboygan Co. Line

4

40. Middle Branch River; Osceola Co.

T20N, R7W, Sec. 19

Marion Pond

6

41. Pere Marquette River; Mason and Lake Co.
Wild and Scenic River
(map and more info)

Broadway Road (USFS Road 5132)

Indian Bridge

39

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

Curtis Bridge

Pere Marquette River

9.5

43. Pigeon River; Cheboygan and Otsego Co.

T32N, R2W, Sec. 25-26 Boundary

M-68

31

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

Juncture of North and East Branch of Pine

Tippy Pond

57

45. Platte River; Benzie Co.

Maple City Road

Honor

6

46. Sable, Big; Mason and Lake Co.

USFS Road 51199

USFS Road 5205

12

47. Sturgeon River; Cheybogan and Otsego Co.

Sturgeon Valley Road

Burt Lake

21

48. Sturgeon River, West Branch; Cheboygan Co.

Wilderness Road

Sturgeon River

12

49. White River, Newaygo Co.

USFS Road 5276

Baseline Road at White Cloud

7.5

INFORMATION ABOUT MICHIGAN'S
BLUE RIBBON TROUT STREAMS

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 Natuaral 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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