Salmon Release Pond and Interpretive Center



The Interpretive center at the salmon release pond is located about a mile west of the club house. It is the location of the first release of Coho Salmon into the Pere Marquette river, in 1967, by the MDNR to combat the overburden of Alewives in the Great Lakes.

IMG_1180The pond fell into disuse as other methods of salmon release were employed. The 1994 Fish Kill settlement with Consumers Power, regarding the pumped storage plant at Ludington, made money available for grants to improve water access and protection, The RCCRC along with The Pere Marquette Watershed Council and a grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, made many improvements to the release pond area.IMG_1188

A Covered Picnic area was constructed, a deck by the pond, as well as a pit toilet and a flowing well. There is information about the Creek and River and watershed displayed on the wall of the pavillion. The pond is maintained as a kids’ fishing area, with fish feed available. A short trail along the creek has interpretive nature signs, and a longer trail has been proposed.

IMG_1189The Pond is public and free for use by any one, no reservations are required or available.


The pond is mowed and maintained by volunteers from the club. Recently the club voted to remove the electricity after a rate change from Great Lakes Energy made it prohibitively expensive for a small non profit to afford.