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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.

Alert

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery Office and Great River Road Interpretive Center are closed.

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery Office and Great River Road Interpretive Center at Genoa National Fish Hatchery have changed operations as of March 19, 2020.

The Great River Road Interpretive Center and Hatchery Office have temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Get Involved

Youth Conservation Crew members working in the hatchery
Youth Conservation Crew members. Photo by USFWS.

Volunteer Information

An important part of Genoa National Fish Hatchery's success is directly related to its volunteers. Our volunteers include folks from many walks of life who are interested in making an impact to save a species, tag a fish, spawn a walleye, plumb a fish tank, or just help out in making the station more attractive to the visiting public. Something is going on all year round that will interest volunteers from ages 14 to 100!

For more information on volunteering with the hatchery call 608-689-2605 or email Angela Baran Dagendesh.


Ongoing Schedule

The hatchery is a bustling place year-round. Mending and maintaining nets for river spawning and the creation of host fish cages for mussel propagation occurs January through March. River spawning for walleye happens March through May when lake sturgeon spawning begins. Spawning, feeding and care of young lake sturgeon takes place May through June each year. July through September the hatchery performs pond harvesting, grounds maintenance and microtagging lake sturgeon.October through December as the year comes to a close, pond harvesting is completed as well as fish stocking and the care and feeding of mussel host fish. Trout eggs also arrive around this time.


Special Events

A family shows off their catch at the Spring Kids Fishing Day
Spring Kids Fishing Day. Photo by Merry Clough/USFWS.

Genoa National Fish Hatchery hosts two Kids Fishing Days for children ages 5 to 12. The spring event is in May and the Kids Ice Fishing Day is in January or February. The events are sponsored by the three La Crosse area U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fisheries offices and our local friends group, Friends of the Upper Mississippi River. The hatchery also participates in the Tomah Veterans Administration Fishing Day at the VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin and has two or three handicapped accessible fishing events per year involving local area nursing homes. Volunteers interested in helping at these events should call the hatchery office.

Virtual Fishing Week
May 16, 2020 - May 24, 2020

In partnership with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - La Crosse District and the Allamakee County Conservation Board, Genoa NFH is hosting a Virtual Fishing Week May 16-24. Each day will feature a different theme with information tidbits and activities.

Participating in Virtual Fishing Week is easy! Just download a Fishing Week Bingo Card and follow us on Facebook to complete the activities. Alternately, follow the outline of the weeks’ activities on our Virtual Fishing Week event page to complete your bingo card. For more activities, download the Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing Activity Booklet and complete the activities as outlined on our Virtual Fishing Week event page or as suggested each day of Fishing Week on our Facebook page.

We hope you will join us for our virtual fishing week and find some time to get out and fish! Fishing at the hatchery is not allowed, please find a fishing spot close to your home. Please remember to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups.

Visit our Virtual Fishing Week event page


Friends Group Information

Our friends group, Friends of the Upper Mississippi River, is shared with the La Crosse National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the La Crosse Fish Health Center. The Friends group supports the activities of our Fisheries Program Offices and aquatic species and habitat conservation efforts throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin. They accomplish this through active volunteering and sponsored events that mentor the next generation and advocacy.


Partner Information

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. In turn, the Fisheries Program routinely collaborates with tribal, federal, state, local and non-profit groups forming partnerships to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources and provide angling opportunities to the public.