Michigan’s state fish hatcheries offer up-close experience for all ages

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has reared fish at its state fish hatcheries for more than a century.

Located throughout Michigan, the DNR’s six state fish hatcheries rear and stock fish for a variety of reasons, including to restore ecosystem balance, provide diverse fishing opportunities, rehabilitate depressed fish populations and reintroduce extirpated species.

For 2017, the DNR has launched its Hatchery Passport Program, which will reward visitors to all six state fish hatcheries and two select egg-take weir facilities with a collectible sticker representing each respective location.

To participate in the Hatchery Passport Program, visit michigan.gov/hatcheries or stop by any of the participating locations to download or pick up a copy of the official Hatchery Passport Program document. Additional instructions are within the document. There is no time frame attached to this program; it can be completed at any time by anyone.

The participating locations include:

  • Harrietta State Fish Hatchery in Harrietta.
  • Marquette State Fish Hatchery in Marquette.
  • Oden State Fish Hatchery in Alanson.
  • Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beulah.
  • Thompson State Fish Hatchery in Manistique.
  • Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan.
  • Boardman River Weir in Traverse City.
  • Little Manistee River Weir in Stronach.

All participating locations should have their collectible stickers in time for or directly following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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