Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

National Fish Hatcheries

National Fish Hatcheries(NFH) develop and maintain brood stocks of selected fish strains with our primary focus on native species such as Lake trout, Pallid sturgeon, Coaster brook trout, Lake sturgeon, and Paddlefish. Hatcheries also provide technical assistance and sources of fish and eggs to cooperating agencies in pursuit of their aquatic resource management goals, provide fish and eggs for research, stock fish and eggs as part of native fish restoration programs, stock fish in fulfillment of federal obligations and assist with restoration of native endangered mussels such as the Higgins' eye pearlymussel and Winged mapleleaf mussel.

Over the years, 43 hatcheries have operated in the Midwest Region. The very first hatchery was established in 1880 in Northville, Michigan; operations ceased there in 1957. Currently, the Midwest Region boasts the oldest operational National Fish Hatchery in the country, Neosho NFH, located in Neosho, Missouri, which was established in 1888.

Midwest Hatcheries raise from twenty-four to twenty-six species of fish and mussels and produce 8,119,000 fish and 6,393,000 eggs in 2002. One of our hatcheries, Genoa NFH, is also an isolation facility.

S5689 State Road 35
Genoa, WI 54632-8836
Phone: 608-689-2605
Fax: 608-689-2644
  • Propagates 23 species of fish
  • Propagates and inoculates host fish with the endangered Higgins' eye pearlymussel for restoration in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin rivers
  • Stocks sport fish into a lake on the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Iowa and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin
  • Maintains an Isolation facility to raise wild Lake trout and wild Coaster brook trout in a disease free environment
  • Raises Lake sturgeon for restoration programs
  • Maintains partnerships with state, federal, tribal, and local management agencies

10325 Fairview Road
Iron River, WI 54847
Phone: 715-372-8510
Fax: 715-372-8410
  • Raises, spawns, and maintains Lake trout and Coaster brook trout broodstock for the lake trout restoration program
  • Raises Lake trout for stocking in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan, Michigan waters of Lake Huron, and Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior
  • Raises Coaster brook trout for restoration programs
  • Maintains partnerships with state, federal, tribal, and local management agencies

6623 Turner Road
Elmira, MI 49730
Phone: 231-584-2461
Fax: 231-584-2462
  • Raises Lake trout for stocking in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan and Michigan waters of Lake Huron
  • Houses the M/V Togue fish stocking vessel for offshore Lake trout stocking and Lake trout assessment projects in Lakes Michigan and Huron
  • Maintains partnerships with state, federal, tribal, and local management agencies

502 E. Park St.
Neosho, MO 64850
Phone: 417-451-0554
Fax: 417-451-4632
  • Oldest operating National Fish Hatchery in the United States - founded in 1888
  • Raises and stocks endangered Pallid sturgeon for recovery in the Lower Missouri River, MO
  • Provides recovery efforts for threatened and endangered native mussels
  • Breeds, raises and stocks endangered Topeka shiners for recovery in northern MO
  • Provides rainbow trout for native fish loss caused by dams in the White River,MO
  • Provides protection for the blind and threatened Ozark cavefish in Neosho, MO
  • Maintains partnerships with state, federal, tribal, and local management agencies
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21990 West Trout Lane
Brimley, MI 49715
Phone: 906-437-5231
Fax: 906-437-5393
  • Raises Lake trout for stocking in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan, Michigan waters of Lake Huron, and Michigan waters of Lake Superior
  • Maintains partnerships with state, federal, tribal,and local management agencies.

21200 West Hatchery Road
Brimley, MI 49715
Phone: 906-437-5231
Fax: 906-437-5393
  • Raises, spawns, and maintains Lake trout broodstock for the lake trout restoration program
  • Maintains partnerships with state, federal, tribal, and local management agencies