Large woody cover, comprised of cut sections of trees and clean (dirt free) root wads, was installed to increase instream cover in an outside bend where Cutler/Castle Creek empties into the Brule River. Four complex “log jam” structures were installed using a jet pump and anchored into the stream bottom. All wood was installed below the waterline so as not to obstruct canoe traffic. These structures will provide more diverse habitat in this section of stream for both invertebrates and fish, especially in winter when instream weed beds have died back.

Beginning structure installation
Pump used to power jet
Jetting in a post
Installing a root wad
Waiting for material
Preparing root wad for installation
Finishing off installed root wads
Setting another root wad
Nailing a log to a post
Nearly completed structure
Newly created cover