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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.


Jordan River National Fish Hatchery has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a visit to Jordan River National Fish Hatchery, please be aware that hatchery grounds and trail access to the Jordan River Pathway and North Country Trail system are open, but all hatchery buildings are currently closed to protect the health of employees and the public. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we’ve implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.

Outdoor raceways
Outdoor raceways. Photo by USFWS.

Who We Are

Jordan River National Fish Hatchery has produced native fishes for stocking into the Great Lakes since 1965. All fish stocking from the facility into the Great Lakes is coordinated with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission with key support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal, provincial, state and tribal natural resource agencies.

How We Help

The hatchery produces more than 3 million of cisco, lake, rainbow and brook trout for restoration and recreational programs in the Great Lakes region annually. In addition to providing healthy high quality fish for fishery goals and targets, the staff assists a wide array of state, federal, tribal and public partners with natural resource related projects and enhancements across the midwest.

Tribal Trust Responsibilities

Conserving United States fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions and statutory mandates.

Jordan River directly assists tribes in the midwest by providing high quality fingerling and yearling lake trout for treaty waters in lakes Huron and Michigan. The hatchery also provides catchable brook trout to support tribal youth and elder fishing programs for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.