Trout return to Yahara River – Conservation efforts are paying off!

The Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters are excited to highlight that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently reclassified portions of the Yahara River as a Class 2 Trout Water.

Trout returning to this stretch of the Yahara River confirms that the conservation partnership between the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters, the Village of DeForest, and Dane County has a real impact on improving the quality and health of our river.

According to the DNR, this classification is based upon fisheries surveys which indicated the Yahara River in the Town of Vienna and the villages of Deforest and Windsor 5.95 miles from County V to Windsor Roads have varying ages of trout present and are naturally reproducing.

Friends President Justin Sargent added, “We should all be proud that these waters of our Yahara River are clean enough to once again hold trout. Their presence is a direct reflection of the conservation commitment of our community.”

The Village of Deforest has had a strong history of investing in stream bank management and habitat restoration and helped start the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters. The Friends group is a volunteer group that focuses on restoring and safeguarding the Yahara River.

In the past 3 years, the Friends of the Yahara River have seen a significant increase in neighbors volunteering to clean and clear the Yahara River. At our Spring and Fall Yahara River clean-ups these volunteers have helped remove legacy trash to improve water quality as well as clearing the river for paddler safety. “The health of the headwaters helps determine the quality of Dane County’s Lakes. Our community is lucky to have such a natural treasure and I’m excited that our neighbors are willing to step up to help protect and improve it”, said Friends President Justin Sargent.

For additional information:
Justin Sargent, President of Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters Cell 608-220-2342
Email: yaharaheadwaters@gmail.com