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First phase of three-year fish habitat restoration project at Barren River Lake now complete


Extensive fish-attracting habitat was recently placed in the Peter Creek arm of Barren River Lake this past week, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, public volunteers and other agency partners.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to restore fish habitat in our larger reservoirs,” said Ron Brooks, director of Fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “This is the first year of a three-year large-scale habitat restoration project on Barren River Lake.”

Crews placed trees, wooden pallets with tree branches attached, large artificial trees constructed to withstand weathering and rot and commercially made fish habitat in Barren River Lake.

A committee formed from user groups picked the depths and the areas for the placement of the fish habitat.

“This project gives us a chance to allow the public to be part of the resource improvement effort,” Brooks said. “They get to be part of the solution and have a sense of ownership as well.” Brooks said fish habitat restoration is a major priority for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “I consider this really important in Kentucky,” he said. “As our reservoirs age, they lose fish habitat. That is why I really like fish habitat restoration. We can see the benefits. It is amazing how fast fish populate those habitat structures after we put them in the lake.”

Brooks would also like to commend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its help in the Barren River Lake fish habitat restoration.

“They are a big partner in this effort,” Brooks said. “We could not do this without their help.”

From Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources


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