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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.

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The Iron River National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is closed.

Iron River National Fish Hatchery has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Please be aware that the visitor center, office space and all other hatchery buildings 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.
  • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we’ve implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
  • 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.