DNR: Main trout hatchery in disrepair; $13 million needed for overall state hatchery work [video]

A trout raceway at the Lanesboro hatchery. (Minnesota DNR)

Minnesota’s flagship state-owned trout hatchery in Lanesboro needs $5 million in improvements, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release Tuesday, April 10.

Opened in 1925, the Lanesboro hatchery needs repairs to protect the facility from flooding, to replace structures contaminated with mold, and to make critical repairs to rusting steel beams nearing failure, the DNR said in the release.

Repairing state fish hatcheries is part of Gov. Mark Dayton’s 2018 public works bill. For the entire DNR, Dayton is asking the Legislature to invest $130 million in improvements to buildings and other infrastructure. The DNR needs to make these fixes (for details, click here) to provide recreation and natural resources services, the agency said in the release, adding that these repairs also create hundreds of construction jobs for Minnesotans.

According to the release, the DNR has identified about $13 million in statewide hatchery repairs and improvements, including maintaining and fixing hatchery raceway, ponds, and roads; making energy efficiency upgrades; and replacing and upgrading hatchery equipment.

Located in southeastern Minnesota, the Lanesboro hatchery sits on about 100 acres south of town. The property includes two artesian springs, rearing ponds, raceways and multiple buildings. It produces about 100,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout fingerlings, yearlings and brood stock each year for stocking throughout the state.

Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief, said Lanesboro is the DNR’s primary concern, but each the state’s 15 hatcheries contribute to Minnesota’s fish-stocking needs.

Each year, cold-water hatcheries in Altura, Lanesboro, Peterson and Remer provide 1.7 million trout for stocking into 200 lakes and 100 streams throughout Minnesota. Trout raised at these hatcheries include brook, brown, lake, rainbow and splake.

Cool- and warm-water hatcheries in Walker Lake, Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Glenwood, Grand Rapids, New London, Park Rapids, St. Paul, Tower and Waterville provide walleye, northern pike, muskellunge and channel catfish for stocking in 1,100 lakes and some rivers.

For more information about state fish hatcheries, click here.

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