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Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited 

Over 600 Miles of Instream Habitat Reconnected in the Blackfoot Watershed for Native Trout

 

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New culvert on Murphy Spring Creek - A tributary to the North Fork Blackfoot River.

In the spring of the year when rivers are running high and muddy, it might surprise you to learn that's also the time when westslope cutthroat trout start to move upstream-some migrating over 90 miles to get where they need to spawn! In the Blackfoot Watershed, we have two different species of native trout, westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. Making sure these fish can navigate through those many miles is one focus of Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

What are some of the obstacles that trout encounter on their river journey? Undersized culverts, irrigation dams or dewatered...



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