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U.P. Streams And Rivers
U.P. Streams And Rivers

Iron County :

Brule River
The Brule River runs nearly the full length of Iron County, Michigan's southern boundary withFforest and Florence counties, Wisconsin.Begining at Brule Lake in Michigan and flowing southeast for about 50 milles before passing into the Brule Island Flowage and the Menominee River. Several key tributaries enter enroute. The entire watershed drains 193 square miles and includes nearly 100 miles of fishable trout streams in Michigan including the Iron and Paint Rivers. Best stretch is this. Three miles below Elvoy Creek M-73 crosses the river, and from here to M-179 the Brule has been designated a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Gradually ther streambed changes to one of gravel and cobble size stone yet with the exception of of a few deep holes it remains shallow and broad, 60-80 feet, for the first two or 3 miles. Brook and Brown Trout fishing is great in this stretch. M-73 is not a good access point. The first good spot downstream is accessible from USFS-2172 on the Wisconsin side in the Nicolet National Forest, whose northern boundary runs along the river for several miles. Go south on M-73 to USFS-2457 and then 4-5 miles to USFS-2172 then 5 miles to the river. a campground is located here. A current fishing license from either state is valid. but consult a Michigan Fishing Guide for special regulations. Motels in Iron River, Mi. Fly/Bait/Tackle Guides

Paint River
Two branches that are about the same length form the Paint River in Iron County. One of the Upper Penisula's best trout rivers. The North Branch rises from a stream flowing from impounded Mallard Lake. It and Thirty Three Creek, the North Branches most important upstream tributary, contain Brook Trout. Although fishing pressure is low and trout are available in the North Branch, most anglers concentrate in the South Branch. It rises in southeast Gogebic County at Paint Creek Springs and flows a few miles in a northeast direction. Meandering across western Iron county, the South Branch collects the North Branch a mile west of Gibbs City at a a popular spot known as the Forks. The South Branch is currently a candidate for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It has a very stable flow and a good temperature regime for trout. Water depths are comnductive to wading in most areas; however, the stream bottom in some spots contains many slippery rocks. Re! mnants of several old logging dams still exist, and each has a large pool below the old structure. These are favorite places of local anglers in search of larger browns.
Motels in Iron River. Fly/Bait/Tackle Guides.