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90 Berrien Springs Fish Ladder Upper Peninsula

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view of fish ladderThis series of stair-step pools allows trout, salmon, and other fish to swim around the hydroelectric power dam that spans the St. Joseph River as they migrate upstream. This site is undeveloped and there are no facilities, although it is located near downtown Berrien Springs.

Wildlife Viewing

This site is an excellent place to view fish—big fish. Amazingly, there are fish moving through this ladder almost every month of the year. Steelhead are the most common, and may be viewed from June through April. aerial viewTo see the greatest variety and numbers of fish, come to the ladder in September and October. The fall run brings Chinook and Coho salmon, brown trout, steelhead, and even walleye, smallmouth, and carp through the ladder. In the spring, you may see loons in the pool above the dam. Bald eagles and osprey may be seen fishing in the waters below the dam.


From Benton Harbor, take US-31 south into Berrien Springs. Drive downtown to the stoplight at West Ferry Street and turn left. Proceed one block and turn right onto South Main Street. Continue 5 blocks to Oak Street and turn left. Drive to a T intersection and turn right onto a dirt road. A small parking area for the ladder will be immediately on your left.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (269) 685- 6851
and Indiana Michigan Power Company

Size: 1 acre

Closest Town: Berrien Springs

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