ELK RAPIDS REEF
A barge sits off shore of North Bayshore Drive, several hundred yards north of the Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor in Elk Rapids on a foggy morning. The barge is placing about 450 tons of limestone rock to rehabilitate a reef where lake trout, lake whitefish and lake herring spawn in hope of boosting native fish populations. The reef complex is the only one known in Lake Michigan where Lake Herring spawn. The project is a collaboration between the Nature Conservancy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Central Michigan University.