By Bryce Petit, Durango, Colorado
— Mason County Sculpture Trail —
In 1964, over 600,000 Coho smolts were stocked in the Platte River and Bear Creek, both tributaries of Lake Michigan. In 1966, a similar program was implemented with Chinook (King) Salmon. It was not known whether the plant of a non-native species usually considered a salt-water fish, would be successful in the fresh water environment. The fish thrived.
The Chinook program was even more successful than the Coho since the species is larger and matures to a larger size in a shorter time span. In the autumn of 1967, the fishery erupted with large numbers of mature fish being caught. The fishery's success was so great, it attracted national media attention. Tourism boomed. The enormous economic impact on the region has continued for 45 years with the development of new fishing equipment, boats, and technologies as well as with restaurants, lodging facilities, and retailers.
This sculpture, signifying the significant impact of sport fishing on Lake Michigan is given by the Barry and Carol Polston
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Sports • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 43° 57.174′ N, 86° 27.667′ W. Marker is in Ludington, Michigan, in Mason County. Bas relief and marker are about 800 feet southwest of the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Loomis Street, near the inner harbor channel jetty. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Maritime Heritage Park, Ludington MI 49431, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Abbie" (within shouting distance of this marker); S.S. Pere Marquette 18 (approx. ¼ mile away); S.S. City of Flint 32 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Armistice Day Storm (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); World War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); S.S. Badger / Ludington Car Ferries (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludington.
Also see . . .
1. The Mason County Sculpture Trail. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Michigan's Fish Production Systems. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lake Michigan Game Fish - Life Histories. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. About Our Great Lakes: Economy. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.