Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
Iron River NFH was established in 1979 to produce lake trout for interagency restoration programs in the upper Great Lakes and to serve as a lake trout brood stock facility.
How We Help
As a lake trout brood stock facility, the hatchery produces eggs for the National Broodstock Program, rears lake trout for interagency restoration programs in Lake Michigan, and supplies fish and eggs for research and tribal programs. We also rear brook trout for interagency restoration programs in Lake Superior and manage a program to isolate future lake trout and brook trout broodstock through collection of gametes from wild Lake Superior donor populations. We coordinate our future broodstock rearing programs with Genoa National Fish Hatchery.
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Conserving U.S. 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.
Iron River National Fish Hatchery supplies fish and eggs for research and tribal programs.