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Visitor Center Receives a Make Over
Midwest Region, April 22, 2014
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Recently, Fisheries Biologist Tim Falconer and Biological Science Technician Randy Obermiller applied a fresh coat of paint to Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery's Visitor Center lobby and both public and employee bathrooms .

The new paint job puts the finishing touch on a remodeling project which was completed in 2013. The remodeling project included installing new ceramic tile in the employee and public bathrooms, carpet in the visitor center lobby, track lighting, and drop ceilings in both areas.

As visitors go into the main entrance of the hatchery , they immediately enter the Visitor Center. The center provides an educational experience with exhibits and displays focusing on lake trout and serves as a learning experience for all visitors . Exhibits explain what type of fish are grown at the hatchery, how they are grown, and what purpose the hatchery serves. Displays also depict life stages, anatomy and biology of lake trout. Information regarding the Coded Wire Tag Program and a map of Lake Michigan listing stocking sites where the fish are released.

Visitors can also tour the Tank Room which is directly connected to the Visitor Center. The Tank Room houses incubators where eggs are held and incubated until they are fully developed into fry. The fry are then transferred to four raceways also in the Tank Room and held there until they grow and develop before they are finally put into larger raceways outside .

The hatchery offers both guided and self guided tours of the hatchery facility. Visitors can also informally ask hatchery staff questions as they perform their normal daily activities . Group tours are also available upon request. The Visitor Center is open year round 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m and weekends and holidays when staff are present.

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery, founded in 1951 is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula 17 miles west of Brimley, MI on Lake Superior. The facility rears yearling lake trout to be released into the Great Lakes as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Program. Hatchery production includes over 1,000,000 fish released into Lake Michigan each Spring.

Contact Info: Randy Obermiller, 906 437-5231, Randy_Obermiller@fws.gov
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