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Water - But Not Too Much - for Valley Branch Creek
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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.

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