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Snowshoe Rental Program to be Implemented Thanks to Friends Group
Midwest Region, December 17, 2015
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A snowshoe rack, constructed by hatchery staff, holds a variety of sizes for visitors to choose from.
A snowshoe rack, constructed by hatchery staff, holds a variety of sizes for visitors to choose from. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Snowshoes wait patiently to hit the trails.
Snowshoes wait patiently to hit the trails. - Photo Credit: USFWS

The Iron River National Fish Hatchery, located in northern Wisconsin, is in the business of raising lake trout and coaster brook trout for restoration purposes in the upper Great Lakes. The hatchery resides on 1,200 acres of land that encompass and protect the headwaters of the hatchery’s water supply, Schacte Creek. The hatchery manages the land in different ways including areas for wood cutting, maple syrup collection, monarch and pollinator restoration, wildlife clearings, agricultural usage and a three mile trail system.

The trail system is maintained all year long and can be used for wildlife dependent recreation on foot, including hunting, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The hatchery is a great place to learn about the life cycle of trout, see big fish and learn about the Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission.  Iron River Hachtery is gaining steam  as a wonderful destination for families and individuals to enjoy a beautiful piece of land.


Iron River Hatchery staff is always looking for ways to improve upon and increase hatchery visitation and with help from the Friends of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery, a vision became reality. Friend’s members were successful in obtaining a grant to cover the cost of 19 pairs of snowshoes for a free rental program at the hatchery. This “on my honor” program is available every day from dawn until dusk on hatchery trails only. The program is geared towards children, but a variety of sizes are available to accommodate any visitor interested in snowshoeing. Simply stop by the visitor center, pick our your size and start trekking. The hatchery hopes to eventually have enough equipment that school groups will be able to trek the trails.

This is an excellent way to help keep community members, both young and young at heart, active and outdoors. Now all that is needed is snow! Whether you like to hunt, bird watch, pick mushrooms, snowshoe or cross country ski, the Iron River National Fish Hatchery has something to offer everyone.


Contact Info: Carey Edwards, 715-372-8510, Carey_Edwards@fws.gov
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