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Fishing Wisconsin Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility and
Root River Steelhead Facility Open Houses - 2015

Egg collection at the Root River

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Eggs-cellent fun on tap at open houses this October

Get a close up look at how Wisconsin fisheries crews give nature a helping hand to keep fishing great on Lake Michigan. Open houses at two of the state’s three egg collecting facilities along the lake’s shore give you a chance to see DNR crews collecting eggs from fish to produce the next generation of fish to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond". Enjoy spin casting, knot-tying, concessions, and educational programs as well.

Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility || Root River Steelhead Facility

Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility - Open House Saturday, October 3, 2015

Besadny Open House

Enjoying the Besadny Open House.

The Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility (BAFF) in Kewaunee is having an open house [pdf] on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The open house will feature lots of fun activities, such as wagon rides, T-shirt fish printing, guided facility tours, sturgeon adoption, and fishing games, displays, and demonstrations. Open house visitors will also get a chance to watch Chinook salmon spawning and egg collection up close. The facility is located at N3884 Ransom Moore Lane, Kewaunee. For more information, call (920) 388-1025.

Root River Steelhead Facility - Open House Saturday, October 10, 2015

Join us Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an open house [pdf] at the Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine, where we collect eggs from trout and salmon to produce the next generation of fish to test Lake Michigan anglers.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this fun-filled event, whether you're a novice angler, a veteran angler, or just like to eat fish! Enjoy guided tours of the facility with DNR crews demonstrating fish spawning procedures, fishing rod casting lessons, knot tying, fly-tying, and more.

Root River open house video

The Root River Steelhead Facility is located in Lincoln Park along the beautiful Root River in Racine, WI. The facility was built in 1992-1993 by the DNR and in partnership with the Salmon Unlimited fishing club, to aid in the capture and egg collection of migrating trout and salmon. Millions of trout and salmon are stocked annually into Lake Michigan tributaries, where they spend their young lives before entering Lake Michigan as adults to live and grow, and eventually returning to the same stream that they were stocked to perform their annual spawning rituals.

Knot tying


  • Salmon spawning demonstrations
  • Tour of the spawning facility
  • Salmon Unlimited Lake Michigan Fishing seminars
  • Kid's casting
  • Knot tying
  • Fly casting
  • Fly tying
  • Lake Michigan fishing boat on display
  • DNR Shocking boat display
  • Water and boating safety talks by DNR law enforcement
  • Aquatic and water conservation area
  • Food and beverages will be available

The DNR, Salmon Unlimited, and SouthEast Trout Unlimited strongly encourages people of all ages to take part in a great day at a great place along the great Root River. We hope to see you all there!

Directions to the Root River Steelhead Facility

To get to the Root River Steelhead Facility from I-94, go east on Highway 20 to Highway 31. Go north on Highway 31 to Highway C (Spring Street). Turn right onto Spring Street to Domanik Drive. Turn left on Domanik Drive and go to Lincoln Park. Follow the DNR signs to the Facility.

Another route would take you south on Hwy 38 to Spring Street. Take a right on Spring Street and then travel about 2 blocks to the entrance of Lincoln Park. A large sign denoting the Root River Steelhead Facility will direct you into the park. Take Domanik Drive thru the park to the facility.

Last revised: Tuesday September 22 2015