|Eckerman, MI Trout Pond Site|
This was once the site of a trout rearing pond, and now is an access point to the river and a great place for a picnic.
A scenic old structure lies in ruin at the edge of the forest, and the sluice ways controlling the water flow are still apparent along paths across the bridge from the parking area.
Although I was not able to find the history of this particular facility, I did find out about the general history of the fish hatcheries program from the history page of the DNR.
As a result of logging, river damming, and the lack of quotas, the state's fisheries were largely devastated by the end of the 19th century, and there was a need to restock streams, rivers and lakes.
|Old Sluice Gates|
The next phase of stocking focused on sport fishing, and trout were of prime interest. Again, several species of trout were introduced that were not native to Michigan. With increased technology, fish were now released as fingerlings, but again, very few survived to reproduce in the wild.
|Trout Photo From DNR Fisheries Poster|
Today it is a very pretty picnic site, as well as a good spot to fish on a stocked and established trout stream...perhaps a victim of the program's own success.