Come visit our hatchery to learn more about our conservation efforts and the work we do!
Location and Contact Information
In August of 2006, the Berkshire Hatchery Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to operate the hatchery, making it the only federal fish hatchery with the service to once have been run completely by volunteers. Today, we operate under the supervision of the USFWS and the Berkshire Hatchery Foundation to support the restoration of lake trout populations in the Lower Great Lakes by supplying lake trout eggs to other federal hatcheries. These eggs are hatched, grown and stocked into Lakes Ontario and Erie. The restoration efforts are part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
What We Do
Our hatchery is part of a national effort to re-establish sustainable, healthy populations of native lake trout to the Great Lakes. We produce upwards of 1.2 million fertilized Seneca lake wild strain lake trout every year. Our conservation efforts both enhance the lake trout population and habitat, but also provide recreational fishing opportunities to anglers in the area.