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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.


The Iron River National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is closed.

Iron River National Fish Hatchery has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Please be aware that the visitor center, office space and all other hatchery buildings are currently closed to protect the health of employees and the public. The pavilion, playground and trail system remain open. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Address and Directions

10325 Fairview Rd
Iron River, WI 54847


Visitor center and all other hatchery buildings are temporarily closed. Pavilion, playground and trails are available from dawn until dusk.

Points of Interest

Frost covers the grass as the sun rises over Iron River National Fish Hatchery
A frosty morning at Iron River. Photo by USFWS.

When you arrive at the hatchery please park in the Main Building parking lot and check in at the main office. There are many things to see and do at Iron River National Fish Hatchery. Don't miss the visitor center and aquariums in our Main Building, the early rearing tankroom, broodstock building, production building, 3D walking archery range or the interpretive hiking and cross-country ski trails found on our property.

3D Archery Range

The .75 mile archery trail has 16 shooting lanes with an assortment 3D animals and targets at varying distances. The trail is free to the public and open May through November from dawn to dusk. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Archers can access the trail from the hatchery parking lot.

Simpson Trail

The hatchery has a 3.5 mile trail system available for use 365 days a year. The trail is maintained in the winter for classic cross country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, the trail is mowed for hiking, birding and many other outdoor recreational uses. The trail is broken into three loops and can be accessed from the trailhead at the hatchery parking lot by the main office or on Weidenaar Road. Trail maps are available in the visitor center and at the kiosk at both trailheads. Snowshoes, located in the visitor center, are available free of charge for use on hatchery trails

Know Before You Go

When visiting the hatchery, please use foot baths and hand sanitizing stations and keep hands out of the raceways to prevent the spread of fish diseases. Please do not turn on the lights in any rearing areas and do not feed the fish.

What to Expect During Your Visit

The Iron River National Fish Hatchery is located in beautiful northern Wisconsin a few miles from Lake Superior near the town of Iron River. Upon arrival at the hatchery, visitors may see up close the large coaster brook and lake trout broodstock which supply eggs to many hatcheries throughout the United States. Some of these eggs remain on station where they are hatched and reared to be yearling fish, growing to be 6 inches in size. Native flora and fauna may also be seen throughout the hatchery's 1,200 acres along its three mile trail system.

Scheduling Group Tours

High school students tour the hatchery facilities
High school students on a hatchery tour. Photo by USFWS.

Please call in advance to schedule group tours of our facilities. Group tours are generally provided between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Staff availability varies seasonally.

Rules and Regulations

Hunting is permitted on hatchery grounds.
Iron River Hunting Regulations 2020-2021 (1.66 MB PDF)

Contact Information

Hatchery Manager

Carey L. Edwards
Iron River National Fish Hatchery

Media Contact

Hannah Bergemann
External Affairs