A reach of the Platte River in Benzie County near the village of Honor was identified by CRA and MDNR Fish Division as being a good candidate for fish habitat improvement work as it’s very wide and shallow in comparison to reaches just upstream and downstream. This high width-to-depth ratio contributes to the warming of water that should otherwise be cold on top of there being little channel bed diversity.
Last summer, a new channel-spanning structure replaced an undersized culvert where Skinner Road meets the high-quality waters of the North Branch. The site is upstream from previous culvert upgrades at Dymond and Skinner Roads and enhances the overall health of the stream. The project resolves issues like erosion from the road, velocity barriers to fish, and improves habitat for aquatic wildlife, including brook and rainbow trout, wood turtles, and mottled sculpin.