Native fish in the Detroit River are making a comeback. River water quality and habitat for fish have improved so much that lake sturgeon, walleye, lake whitefish and 12 other native fish species are spawning in reefs constructed just for this purpose.
Recently, one of the first reefs constructed in the Detroit River near Belle Isle was expanded as part of an effort to support native fish and wildlife in the area.
The U-M Water Center and partners continue to increase habitat for native fishes throughout the St Clair-Detroit River system. These projects are part of a Detroit River renaissance, supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and partners like DTE Energy, Canadian and U.S. government agencies, and others.