The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officially opened the fish ladder and fishway on Four Mile Creek Monday. Check out a photo gallery and video:
Here’s the Fish and Boat Commission news release on the opening:
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has officially opened the Four Mile Creek Fish Ladder and fishway at the Lawrence Park Golf Club, located at 3700 East Lake Road, Erie, PA 16511.
Phase 1 of the project, the Alaskan Steep-Pass Fishway (fish ladder), was completed in July 2010 on private property owned by the Lawrence Park Golf Club. It provides fish passage at the Lawrence Park Golf Club dam, the first upstream barrier to steelhead migrating up Four Mile Creek. Constructed 850 feet upstream of the mouth of Four Mile Creek on Lake Erie, the ladder opened an additional 600 feet of stream to migrating steelhead. It will be operated seasonally to allow winter upstream movements of steelhead while blocking summer upstream movements of sea lamprey, an unwanted invasive fish.
Phase 2 was the construction of the fish by-pass channel thanks to an agreement made with the Lawrence Park Golf Club. Completed in December 2011, this fishway provides passage around a waterfall approximately 600 feet upstream of the fish ladder. Steelhead can now migrate another four miles upstream into some areas open to public fishing. To help ensure the success of steelhead migration, and also to prevent interference with golfers, the areas from 100 feet above the bypass to 100 feet below the fish ladder are off limits to fishing or public fish observing.
The total cost of this project was $393,000. $144,000 of the total was Lake Erie Stamp Money which included $41,000 used for an easement to provide additional approved fishing areas north of Route 5 to 100 feet above the fishway. $120,000 of the total came from combined grant monies from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection—Coastal Zone Management through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through Conservation Partnership Program; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Grants were shared between Lawrence Park Township, and the Fish and Boat Commission.