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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

Jordan River National Fish Hatchery has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a visit to Jordan River National Fish Hatchery, please be aware that hatchery grounds and trail access to the Jordan River Pathway and North Country Trail system are open, but all hatchery buildings are currently closed to protect the health of employees and the public. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Address and Directions

6623 Turner Road Elmira, MI 49730


Hours

Hatchery buildings are temporarily closed. Hatchery grounds are open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but closed on Federal holidays. Trail access to the Jordan River Pathway and North Country Trail system is open.


Points of Interest

A small creek flows through a woodland
Title 6 Creek is one of the intakes at the hatchery. Photo by USFWS.

Visitors are encouraged to tour the visitor center in the main hatchery building or walk through the multiple fish production buildings located on the grounds. Jordan River National Fish Hatchery provides several nature trails and is located adjacent to the popular North Country Trail. Visitors may also enjoy the station’s picnic area, pollinator garden and easy access to the beautiful Jordan River Valley.


Know Before You Go

The hatchery is located in the beautiful Jordan River Valley in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. Visitors should dress for the weather as most of our things to see and do are out-of-doors. Due to the close proximity of the hatchery to the pristine waters of the Jordan River, insects are a common challenge in warm weather months. Visitors should bring adequate insect repellant, footwear and drinking water if hiking is included in your plans. Children should always be supervised when in the raceway, river or pond areas of the hatchery as deep water is present.


What to Expect During Your Visit

Hatchery manager dressed for working outside in the winter
Hatchery staff keep busy all year. Photo by USFWS.

Jordan River is a four season destination with a variety of things to see and do throughout the year. The hatchery produces more than 3 million trout annually and visitors can see fish from the egg stage all the way to trophy sized brook trout. During warm weather months the hatchery is a great place to spend a few hours observing millions of fingerling trout, take time for a picnic or hike the miles of trails on and around the facility. Fall and winter months are picturesque in the Jordan River valley and are a great time for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy our area.


Scheduling Group Tours

Guided group tours are available upon request. Please call 231-584-2461 to schedule a tour.


Rules and Regulations

Self-guided visiting hours and picnic area use are from dawn until dusk. Fishing on grounds is not allowed. Pets are allowed on a leash. No staging of off-road vehicles or snowmobiles at any time on hatchery property. No open fires or camping on grounds without a Special Use Permit.


Contact Information

Phone: 231-584-2461

Hatchery Manager

Roger Gordon
Jordan River National Fish Hatchery
Phone: 231-584-2461 ext: 1
roger_gordon@fws.gov

Media Contact

Katie Steiger-Meister
External Affairs Office
Phone: 612-713-5360
katie_steiger-meister@fws.gov