Iron River National Fish Hatchery Conserving the nature of America

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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Alert

Iron River National Fish Hatchery has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a visit to Iron River National Fish Hatchery, please be aware that the visitor center is open, but all other hatchery buildings and office space are currently closed to protect the health of employees and the public. The pavilion, playground and trail system remain open. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.

Aerial view of Iron River National Fish Hatchery
Aerial view of Iron River National Fish Hatchery. Photo by USFWS.

Who We Are

Iron River National Fish Hatchery was established in 1979 to produce lake trout for interagency restoration programs in the upper Great Lakes and to serve as a lake trout broodstock facility.


How We Help

As a lake trout and coaster brook trout broodstock facility, the hatchery produces eggs for the National Broodstock Program, rears lake trout and brook trout for interagency restoration programs in lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior and supplies fish and eggs for research and tribal programs. We also manage a program to isolate future lake trout and brook trout broodstock through collection of gametes from the wild. These donor populations are located in Lake Superior and Lewis Lake in Yellowstone National Park. We coordinate our future broodstock rearing programs with Genoa National Fish Hatchery.


Tribal Trust Responsibilities

Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions and statutory mandates.

Iron River National Fish Hatchery supplies fish and eggs for research and tribal programs.