Project Background

The Clinton River watershed provides many angling opportunities.  Within its boundaries, there are 3 designated trout streams with the premier being Paint Creek. Paint Creek is approximately 16 miles in length and is a managed brown trout (Salmo trutta) fishery.  The Paint Creek trail runs adjacent to the stream throughout its entire course providing excellent access. Additionally, there are several other tributaries and sections of the Clinton River that have been known to harbor trout species, including Native Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). Meanwhile, the lower portion of the Clinton River main branch is a designated steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fishery.

The project initiated in 2003 with goals to assess the potential for the Clinton River and certain tributaries to become designated trout streams. Volunteers partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to collect habitat and water quality data during the summer months. Vast amounts of data were collected that contributed to the DNR’s fisheries management efforts within the Clinton River Watershed.  Starting in 2005 and continuing today, CRCCP’s goal is to enhance, restore and/or create instream and streamside trout habitat.

Project Partners:

Trout Unlimited (Challenge Chapter, Clinton Valley Chapter, Paul H. Young Chapter, Vanguard Chapter, and Michigan Council), City of Auburn Hills, Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services, Michigan Fly Fishing Club, City of Rochester Hills and The City of Rochester. Additionally, a project steering committee is in place, which consists of representatives from Trout Unlimited, Clinton River Watershed Council, City of Auburn Hills, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources