Address, Directions and Contact Information
S 5631 State Hwy 35
Genoa, WI 54632
We are located on both sides of the Great River Road Scenic Byway (State Highway 35), 3 miles south of Genoa, Wisconsin. The office is on the west side of the highway, at fire route number S 5631.
Phone: (608) 689-2605
Fax: (608) 689-2644
Points of Interest
Visitors should first report in at the office for orientation of current fish culture operations. Some activities and visitor amenities include a 1,000 gallon aquarium of Mississippi River fishes in the sturgeon building, a wetland and native prairfie boardwalk including an outdoor classroom area, a walking trail and map of the facility, and culture buildings housing 24 species of fish, freshwater mussels and amphibians.
Know Before You Go
Visitors should wear closed toe footwear durable enough to withstand gravel roads for protection. Hands must also be kept out of the water to avoid spreading fish pathogens throughout the rearing units.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Visitors can expect to see up to 13 species of fish that are reared on site and a number of mussel species that are common to the upper Mississippi River basin. A 1,000 gallon aquarium of fish commonly found in the upper Mississippi River is also on display in our sturgeon culture building on the east side of the highway.
Scheduling Group Tours
Please call in advance to schedule group tours of our facilities. Group tours are generally provided between the hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Staff availability varies seasonally.
Rules and Regulations
Genoa National Fish Hatchery contains many freshwater ponds, but fishing is not allowed unless it is in conjunction with a station sponsored fishing event such as Kid’s Fishing Day or Handicapped Accessible Fishing Day. Leashed dogs are allowed on the property. The hatchery closes at dusk for visitor safety.