Voters want Mink River to be fish refuge

A delegate for Door County on the Conservation Congress disagrees with the majority of voters from their annual meeting. A question about whether to make the Mink River in Northern Door County a fish refuge was on the ballot. That change could affect what activities visitors would be able to do there. Concerns for the smallmouth bass population and the effects that catch-and-release fishing may have on their numbers were part of this consideration. Voters were overwhelmingly in favor of making the Mink River a fish refuge. Dick Baudhuin, a member of the Conservation Congress in Door County, says he is in the minority when it comes to the question.



The Mink River is located in Ellison Bay right next to Newport State Park and empties into Rowleys Bay in Lake Michigan. This was the first year that the annual questionnaire was available online for voters.

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