The rainbow is found in cool, clear, upper reaches of small to medium streams. Substrates it inhabits include sandy mud, coarse sand, or gravel, in areas near faster currents.
In the Huron River it was found on sand and gravel shoals that had a good current. This species is also found in Lake Erie.
Habitat Regions: freshwater
Aquatic Biomes: rivers and streams
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