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93 Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center Upper Peninsula 

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coho salmon Coho salmon work their way up one of Michiganís cool, clear streams. The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery supplies trout and salmon fingerlings to rivers and streams throughout the state. Photo: MI DNR

This 7,000 square foot interpretive center offers visitors a fascinating look at Michiganís fish and fisheries management efforts. The Center is located on the grounds of the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, just eight miles west of Kalamazoo. Completed in 1983, this modern facility and the adjacent show pond provide great adventure for anyone interested in the diverse assortment of fish that call the Great Lakes State home. No entry fee required.

Wildlife Viewing

Visitors can view an assortment of the fish found in Michigan from the show pond. A long observation platform provides close viewing opportunities into the clear water of the pond. Inside the modern interpretive center, you can learn about all aspects of fisheries science through displays, multi-media programs, and interpretive materials. Learn about the habits and biology of fish, as well as the history of fishing in Michigan—from Native Americans to the present.

  • April – May and September – third week of November: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Memorial Day – Labor Day: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

MapDirections

From the junction of M-43 and US-131 in Kalamazoo, take M-43 west about 6 miles to the large hatchery road signs. Turn left (south) on Hatchery Road and proceed to the second drive on the right, which leads to the interpretive center.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (269) 668-2876

Size: 7,000 square feet

Closest Town: Kalamazoo

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