Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restored in Red Rock Lakes

Posted Monday July 24, 2017 by wf_admin

Arctic grayling and westslope species of Cutthroat trout in Montana’s Red Rock Lakes should thrive for future generations thanks to support from Wildlife Forever. To combat siltation from adjacent farmlands, Wildlife Forever partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to improve 15 miles of the lakes’ tributaries – grayling and trout’s essential spawning and rearing habitat. Where necessary, small roads that crossed the streams were replaced with light-duty bridges, and water-control structures were added to eliminate year-round diversions of water for irrigation. The project will help trout populations grow while benefiting Montana’s only known population of grayling indigenous to lakes.