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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.


Pendills and Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatcheries have temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a visit, please be aware that 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

Pendills Creek

21990 W. Trout Lane
Brimley, MI 49715

Sullivan Creek

21200 West Hatchery Road
Brimley, MI 49715

Note: Visits and tours at Sullivan Creek by appointment only, please contact staff at Pendills Creek to arrange an appointment. For easier navigation to Sullivan Creek, use our GPS coordinates: 46.312277, -84.807035.


At Pendills Creek, regular visitor hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please be aware that hatchery grounds at Pendills Creek are open, but all hatchery buildings are currently closed to protect the health of employees and the public. Visits and tours at Sullivan are by appointment only. Hatcheries are closed on Federal holidays.

Points of Interest

Small waves crash on the beach along Lake Superior
Visitors at Pendills Creek can enjoy beach access to Lake Superior. Photo by USFWS.

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery is located along the Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway, on LL. Curley Lewis Memorial Highway. When you arrive at the hatchery, a visitor's parking lot will be to your left with an informational kiosk about our program. Follow the signs to the visitor lobby inside the main hatchery building for tours of our grounds. Depending on the time of year, you can see lake trout eggs, fry, fingerlings, or yearlings. Public beach access to Lake Superior is across the road from the hatchery. A pavilion and picnic tables are available to use, as well as a boardwalk down to the lake. The hatchery is nestled within the Hiawatha National Forest of the Eastern Upper Peninsula, a four season destination for all ages.

Due to the sensitivity of our brood stock at Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery, access to the hatchery is restricted. Visits and tours can be arranged by appointment. Please contact Pendills Creek at 906-437-5231 or email Julie Timmer at to arrange tours of either facility.

Know Before You Go

Sun hats and insect repellant are always a good idea in the spring and summer. Be careful of tripping hazards and deep water when viewing fish inside our fish raceway building.

What to Expect During Your Visit

The Pendills Creek building during a snow storm
Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery has things to see all year long. Photo by USFWS.

Depending on the time of year, our lake trout fish production varies. During April, May and June you can view fingerlings inside our tankroom and yearlings in the fish raceway building. In July, August and September visitors will be able to view fingerlings. In October, November, December and January visitors will be able to see lake trout eggs, fry and fingerlings. February and March we will have fry and yearlings to see.

Scheduling Group Tours

Guided group tours of either facility are available by appointment only. Please contact our office at 906-437-5231 to schedule a tour.

Rules and Regulations

Fish production buildings are locked for security when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff are not present. No public feeding of brood fish is allowed.

Contact Information

Hatchery Manager

Denise Johnston
Pendills Creek and Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatcheries

Media Contact

Hannah Bergemann
External Affairs