Genoa National Fish Hatchery Conserving the nature of America

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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Address and Directions

S 5631 State Hwy 35
Genoa, WI 54632

We are located on both sides of the Great River Road Scenic Byway, also known as 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.


Great River Road Interpretive Center

The Great River Road Interpretive Center building
Great River Road Interpretive Center. Photo by USFWS.

Visit the Great River Road Interpretive Center to learn about the natural resources of the Upper Mississippi River. Educational exhibits go beyond the story of the hatchery and feature significant histories of the area, including the pearl button industry and the Battle of Bad Axe, the final battle of the Black Hawk War.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no fee for entry.


Visitor Activities

Some activities and visitor amenities include the Great River Road Interpretive Center, a wetland and native prairie 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. 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.


Know Before You Go

Wear closed-toe footwear durable enough to withstand gravel roads for protection. Hands must be kept out of the water to avoid spreading fish pathogens throughout the rearing units.


Scheduling Tours or Field Trips

Please call in advance to schedule group tours of our facilities. Group tours are generally provided between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Staff availability varies seasonally.

To schedule tours or field trips, contact:
Raena Parsons
Environmental Education Specialist
Email: Raena_Parsons@fws.gov
Phone: 608-689-2605


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 Kids Fishing Day or Handicapped Accessible Fishing Day. Leashed dogs are allowed on the property. The hatchery closes at dusk for visitor safety.


Contact Information

Hatchery Manager

Doug Aloisi
Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Phone: 608-689-2605
Fax: 608-689-2644

Media Contact

Katie Steiger-Meister
External Affairs Office
Phone: 612-713-5360
katie_steiger-meister@fws.gov