Iron River National Fish Hatchery Conserving the nature of America

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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.

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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 this field station to learn about future volunteer opportunities.

Youth Conservation Corps

The Youth Conservation Corps Program introduces youth, ages 15-18 years of age, to work experiences and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Participants will assist hatchery personnel with lawn care and maintenance, facility and vehicle cleaning, interpretive trail upkeep and general fish culture. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and have a social security number. No previous experience is required. Please call the hatchery at 715-372-8510 for more information about this program.


Special Events

Youth deer hunt participants
Youth deer hunters. Photo by USFWS.

We welcome visitors to our hatchery. Some special events include our Hatchery Open House in September and our Candlelight Ski Trek in February. For more information on these events, please call 715-372-8510.

Youth Deer Hunt

Iron River National Fish Hatchery will provide an opportunity for a youth deer hunt in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin’s youth deer season. The hatchery will provide flagged hunting location, ground blind and seats. The hunt is open to youth ages 12-15. A responsible adult 18 years or older must be present. Hunter safety certification and license required.

Mentored Turkey Hunt

Iron River National Fish Hatchery will provide an opportunity for a youth turkey hunt in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin’s youth turkey season. The hatchery will provide flagged hunting location, ground blind, hunting seats, decoys, calls and guide. The hunt is open to youth ages 12-15. Hunter safety certification, license and turkey permit required.

Mentored Grouse Hunt

Iron River National Fish Hatchery will provide an opportunity for a mentored grouse hunt corresponding with the State of Wisconsin’s grouse season. It is tentatively planned for the second weekend in October pending staff availability and weather. The hatchery will provide a mentor and bird dog. The hunt is open to individuals ages 12 and older. Hunter safety certification and license required.

For more information about these hunts or to receive an application, please call 715-372-8510.


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.

The Friends of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery are a group of dedicated volunteers with an interest in our environment, fishing health and outdoor recreational spaces. The group gives their physical, vocal and monetary support in order to further the outreach of the hatchery's programs. Please email Iron River’s friends group at FriendsoftheIRNFH@gmail.com.


Partner Information

A partner with the Department of Natural Resources transfers fish to be stocked in Minnesota
We work with partners across state lines to distribute fish. Photo by USFWS.

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.