Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Although, outdoor recreation sites at national fish hatcheries and national wildlife refuges have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions online 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.

Our Mission

To work with our partners to develop, restore, and maintain aquatic resources for the benefit of the American people. Our goals are to: 1) Recover fish and mussel populations protected under the Endangered Species Act and restore declining populations of native species, 2) Maintain diverse, self-sustaining fish and other aquatic resource populations and their habitats, 3) Prevent new introductions and minimize range expansion of aquatic invasive species, and 4) Enhance recreational fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuge and Department of Defense lands. For more information about us and who we are and what we do, please see the links to the left.

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