Beaupre Springs 2022
On July 23rd and August 6th, Club members gathered to improve the trout habitat on lower Beaupre Springs Creek. The in-stream work eliminated barriers to trout movement by hand removing or cutting small woody debris that would restrict migration. In addition, we cut alder to improve the stream-side forest. All totaled, the crew worked on about a third of a mile of stream.
On Saturday May 14th, twelve volunteers revisited Beaupre Spring Creek to plant 500 black spruce seedlings in the footprint of 2 of the old beaver ponds. If conifers such as black spruce and tamarack can be restored along the stream, the area will be less attractive to beavers.
Beaupre Springs 2021
On Saturday August 7th, seventeen volunteers returned to Beaupre Spring Creek to maintain on a project that we originally completed over a 3-year period (finished in 2014). We spent the morning cutting back speckled alders and willows that were encroaching on 2 overgrown sections of the creek. This work was needed to ensure constant water flow from Beaupre Spring Pond to the East Fork of the Brule.
Click on Beaupre Springs for a series of photos of the project beginning with the original work to remove a series of beaver dams.
West Fork Brule River 2021
On July 31st, thirteen volunteers spent the morning repairing 2 water diversion devices on the West Fork of the Brule. These were designed to direct water to brook trout spawning areas that the Club and the DNR had built in 1995 and 1997. This maintenance work restored water flow to the spawning sites.
Click on West Fork to view a series of photos of all the Club's work on the West Fork.
East Fork Brule River 2021
On July 24th, fourteen volunteers spent the morning restoring 11 spawning sites on the East Fork of the Brule by adding about four yards of ¾-inch to 1 ½-inch washed gravel. The gravel we used had been stockpiled near the project sixteen years ago when the spawning sites were first built by the DNR. We moved the gravel to the stream by wheelbarrow where it was dumped into a small boat and floated to the various spawning sites.
Click on East Fork to view a series of photos of all the Club's work on the East Fork.