Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries

Volunteers help our hatchery succeed

Volunteer Information

Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities: parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures. Please call or email Angela Baran or Darla Wenger at 608-689-2605 or, to learn more.

An important part of Genoa NFH’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 northern pike, 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!

Ongoing Schedule:

January through March: Mending, maintaining nets for river spawning, making host fish cages for the mussel program.
March through May: River spawning for northern pike and walleye.
May through June: Lake sturgeon spawning, feeding and care of young sturgeon.
July through September: Pond harvesting, grounds maintenance, microtagging lake sturgeon.
October through December: Completion of pond harvesting, fish stocking, trout eggs arrive, care and feeding of mussel host fish.

Special Events

Genoa NFH hosts two Kid’s Fishing Days for children ages 5 to 12. The spring event is in May and the Kid’s Ice Fishing Day is in January or February. The events are sponsored by the three La Crosse area USFWS fisheries offices and our local Friends Group, Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Service. The hatchery also participates in the Tomah Veterans Administration Fishing Day at the VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin and has 2 or 3 handicapped accessible fishing events per year involving local area nursing homes. Volunteers interested in helping at these events should call the hatchery office.

Friends Group Information

Volunteers have been an important part of many of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries facilities throughout the country for some time. In the past several years, volunteers began forming "friends" organizations throughout the country in support of National Fish Hatcheries, Fish Health and Technology Centers, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. In 2006, Congress formalized these Fisheries Friends and other volunteer efforts in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program by passing the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act.

Our Friends Group 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 Fisheries Program Offices and aquatic species and habitat conservation efforts throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin. They accomplish this through active volunteering, sponsoring events that mentor the next generation and advocacy. Learn More

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.

Last updated: August 2, 2017