Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
Jordan River National Fish Hatchery has produced lake trout for stocking into the Great Lakes since 1965. Lake trout restoration is coordinated by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (est. 1955) with key support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal, provincial, state, and tribal natural resource agencies.
How We Help
Jordan River NFH produces over 3.0 million lake and brook trout for restoration and recreational programs in the Great Lakes region annually. In addition to providing healthy high quality fish for fishery goals and targets, the staff assists a wide array of state, federal, tribal, and public partners with natural resource related projects and enhancements across the Midwest region.
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.
Jordan River NFH directly assists tribes in the Midwest region by providing high quality fingerling and yearling lake trout for treaty waters in lakes Huron and Michigan. The hatchery also provides catchable brook trout to support tribal youth and elder fishing programs for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.