Jordan River NFH is the largest lake trout production hatchery in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The station, established in 1963, is dedicated to the restoration of this ecologically important fish species in the Great Lakes. Historically the lake trout was the top predator in all the offshore regions of the lakes, but factors such as overfishing, invasive species and habitat alteration have greatly impacted populations. Over 3.0 million lake trout are reared annually at Jordan River for restoration programs in the Great Lakes.
A very popular program at Jordan River NFH is the “Baby Brookies” Cooperative Project. This program produces 5,000 trophy sized brook trout for children’s fishing events across the state of Michigan. This cooperative effort with area schools, youth organizations, non-governmental organizations and volunteers offer the opportunity for area youth to become involved in the culture of this highly sought after species. Local youth assist staff with the propagation and distribution of the fish to free, cooperator sponsored fishing events. Involved students develop a sense of responsibility for natural resources while providing a family- oriented resource for the American public.