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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.

A boardwalk leads to Lake Superior with a bench to sit down and enjoy the views
The boardwalk at Pendills Creek leads to Lake Superior. Photo by USFWS.

Who We Are

The Pendills Creek and Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatcheries are located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near Brimley, Michigan. Both facilities have contributed greatly to the restoration of lake trout populations in the Great Lakes. Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery has produced lake trout for stocking into the Great Lakes since 1951. Lake trout restoration is coordinated by 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.

Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s and utilized by the U.S. Forest Service until World War II. Sullivan Creek became a sub-station of Pendills Creek in 1959. Access to Sullivan Creek is restricted due to the sensitivity of our broodstock.

How We Help

Pendills Creek produces more than 1 million lake trout yearlings for spring stocking into Lake Michigan and Lake Huron each year.

Sullivan Creek is a dedicated pathogen free lake trout brood station and produces up to six million lake trout eyed eggs for shipment to other federal, state and tribal facilities for the Great Lakes Lake Trout Restoration Program. Retired and excess lake trout brood are stocked into inland lakes for recreational fishing opportunities.

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.

A major and critical role of the National Fish Hatchery system in the Great Lakes is to manage and maintain lake trout brood fish as a source of eggs; produce and rear yearlings; and transfer lake trout to offshore sites for stocking into the Great Lakes.