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Valley Branch Creek heads up in Woodbury and
flows through agricultural land in Afton to the
St. Croix. Valley Branch is a rare gem.
Gurgling and clear, shaded by overhanging
trees, it is a high-quality trout stream in a
rapidly developing suburban area, one of only
fifteen to survive in the Twin Cities.
With good habitat-a series of riffles and
pools with a gravel and cobble streambed-it
supports a reproducing population of brook
trout. Brookies, the most finicky of trout,
need especially cool, well-oxygenated water.
Valley Branch also supports reproducing
populations of brown and rainbow trout. The
stream's trout are slow growing, but many reach
12 to 15 inches long. Some exceed 20
inches-real monsters to an angler.