Unlimited Commitment To Our Waters

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

On the sun-filled Saturday of August 19th, dedicated volunteers from the Clinton Valley and Vanguard Chapters of Trout Unlimited (TU) worked together to improve the water and habitat of the Clinton River in an area just downstream of the Auburn Court bridge.  During their hours of dedicated service, these loyal stewards of trout streams managed to remove over nine bags of trash and other debris from the river that had been accumulating in a log jam.

They also took time to remove and reposition the logs within the log jam to open the stream so it can flow more freely and prevent the banks of the river from eroding.  All in all, the day’s efforts were a success!  The group’s commitment went a long way in improving the health, recreational use (fishing and kayaking) and aesthetics of the Clinton River.

Woody Debris Before Cleanup

Woody Debris After Cleanup

The City of Auburn Hills sends out a special thank you to Mark Johnston who took the lead in planning the project, all the volunteers from Trout Unlimited who participated, as well as Peninsula Plastics who provided room in their dumpster for all the trash and debris collected from the river.

DNR Fisheries Continues To Deliver

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Back on April 21, 1980, the DNR Fisheries Division began stocking the Clinton River in Downtown Auburn Hills.  They delivered 2,110 smallmouth bass to the stretch of the Clinton River that flows through Riverside Park that first year.

We’re pleased to announce that the 37-year tradition continues.  Yesterday the DNR released 2,400 brown trout into the river – making it a total of 512,113 fish released over the life of this program.  The species stocked the first year included pike and smallmouth bass before switching to the more familiar rainbow trout and brown trout in the years that followed.

The purpose of the DNR’s annual stocking program, which is funded through fishing license fees, is to help support your local urban fishery. This is similar to the program the City created in partnership with DNR Fisheries, the Clinton River Watershed Council and the four chapters of Trout Unlimited (Challenge, Clinton Valley, Paul H. Young, and Vanguard).

The increase in angling hours on the Clinton River in Downtown Auburn Hills is one factor the DNR uses in determining the release site, something the City is proud to see grow in popularity over the years. We look forward to seeing the many anglers in the area explore and enjoy one of our region’s greatest natural resources – the Clinton River.

Come Celebrate River Day In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

In celebration of River Day, the City of Auburn Hills is holding its 13th Annual Fishing Derby at Riverside Park this Saturday, June 11th.  Kids 16 and under will have the opportunity to test their fishing skills by trying to catch any one of the 550 rainbow trout released into the river.


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., fishing starts at 8:00 a.m. and lasts until 10:00 a.m.  A raffle will be held after the derby when kids will have an opportunity to win an assortment of prizes from Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.  Fishing for all ages begins at 10:00 a.m.

No fishing license is required since the derby is held on the DNR’s free fishing weekend.

  • All anglers are advised to bring their own equipment
  • No fly rods, treble-hooks or multi-hooks
  • Catch and release only

To see what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php

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Shiver on the River

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

BowOn the chilly Saturday afternoon of February 23rd, the Paul H. Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited held their winter fishing classic in Downtown Auburn Hills at Riverside Park.

The event was organized to give their members and other fishing enthusiast a chance to gather with friends and family, hone their skills, swap flies, and share stories.

Those who stopped by enjoyed the ever improving fishing conditions in the Clinton River.  Many Trout Unlimited members landed some nice size brown and rainbow trout.  Some of the more exciting news items discussed that day was the sighting of a two salmon at Riverside Park this past year, along with a number of trout spawning beds.

Louie and son

The improved fishing conditions and habitat is a result of strong partnerships the City of Auburn Hills has with the four local chapters of Trout Unlimited (Clinton Valley, Challenge, Paul H. Young and Vanguard).

Their membership’s commitment to the protection of the Clinton River was demonstrated that frigid Saturday afternoon when members who were enjoying a little fishing action took some extra time to remove a picnic table from the river.


Honestly, how many people do you know would take the time and effort to remove a picnic table from a flowing river?

This thoughtful act is a true testament to the character and commitment that Trout Unlimited members have for the environment, our local waters, and the quality of life of our community.  Thank you!