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Fishing WisconsinHatcheries and rearing stations

DNR's 17 hatcheries, egg collection facilities and rearing stations raise millions of fish to be stocked every year in lakes and rivers where there is no or little natural reproduction. Hundreds of waters statewide get this help to provide more fishing opportunities for anglers.

Visit our hatcheries and other fish-rearing facilities

Tours at the hatcheries are often conducted for school groups, scouts and other groups by appointment. For everyone's safety and the health of the fish, please keep your children under control at all times. Running alongside the raceways and throwing things into the water are prohibited. Your cooperation will ensure that everyone has a nice visit. Please remember to call ahead. Hatchery hours and season of operation are subject to change.

Spawning (egg taking facilities)

Art Oehmcke || Les Voigt || Black River Falls || Brule || Kettle Moraine || Gov. Thompson || Lake Mills || Lakewood || Langlade || Nevin || Osceola || St. Croix Falls || Thunder River || Wild Rose

Art Oehmcke Hatchery

  • Species: Muskellunge, walleye, lake trout and suckers
  • Operations: Hatching and rearing
  • Location: On County Highway J, 2 miles east of Woodruff, Oneida County
  • Year around operation
  • Restrooms at DNR Fire Station - across the street
  • Picnic areas and campgrounds nearby in Northern Highlands-American Legion State Forest
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Telephone:(715) 356-5211, x215
  • Address: 8770 Highway J, Woodruff, WI 54568
  • Note: Tours conducted 11:00 AM and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. However, there are no fish on display because of disease and biosecurity issues.

Les Voigt Hatchery

  • Species: Brook, brown and lake trout, steelhead, splake; Coho and chinook salmon
  • Operations: Broodstock, hatching and rearing
  • Location: On Highway 13, between Washburn and Bayfield, Bayfield County
  • Visitor Center with live fish display
  • Restrooms at hatchery
  • Campgrounds nearby, Chequamegon National Forest
  • Hours: Visitor Center open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week
  • Telephone: (715) 779-4021
  • Address: 141 South Third Street, Bayfield, WI 54814
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 589, Bayfield, WI 54814
  • Note: Group tours available upon request
  • More Information on Les Voigt Hatchery

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Black River Falls Fish Propagation / Rearing Station

  • Species: Muskellunge, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleyes
  • Operations: Primarily rearing and stocking; limited hatching facilities. This station produces all of the large and smallmouth bass for DNR stocking purposes in Wisconsin.
  • Location: Office is located at the Black River Falls DNR Service Center, 910 Highway 54 East, Black River Falls near the junction of Highway 54 and I-90/94.
  • Hours: Normal operation hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Telephone: (715) 284-1447
  • Address: 910 Highway 54 East, Black River Falls, WI 54615
  • Note: No tours are regularly scheduled. Interested groups may inquire about a tour by calling (715) 284-1447. No fish are present on the premises. Rearing ponds are located in Jackson County and near Colby in Marathon County. They are in use May through September.

Brule Rearing Station

  • Species: Wild Rose and Seeforellen strains of brown trout
  • Operations: Rearing
  • Location: On Hatchery Road off of Highway 27, south of Brule, Douglas County
  • Visitor Center with fish and wildlife display, and live fish display
  • Restrooms at hatchery
  • Nearby picnic area and campgrounds in Brule River State Forest
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open seven days a week, June - September; Monday - Friday, October - May; no holidays after September 30
  • Telephone: (715) 372-4820
  • Address: 13847 E. Hatchery Road, Brule, WI 54820
  • Note: Tours are self-guided. Guided tours for groups are available upon request. We will try to accommodate tour requests for fall weekends after September 30 or spring weekends
  • More Information on Brule Hatchery

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Governor Tommy G. Thompson Hatchery

  • Species: Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike and suckers
  • Operations: Hatching and rearing
  • Location: West side of Spooner on south side of Highway 70, across from DNR Northern Regional Headquarters, Washburn County
  • Visitor Center with live fish display open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays year around and on weekends during the spring.
  • Restrooms at hatchery
  • Picnic area nearby
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Seasonal operation, no fish raised on premises during winter months. Visitor Center open all year.
  • Tours: Call ahead
  • Telephone: 715) 635-4147
  • Address: 951 W. Maple Street, Spooner, WI 54801
  • More Information on Governor Tommy G Thompson Hatchery

Kettle Moraine Springs Hatchery

  • The hatchery is open to walk in visitors during the posted hours of operation, but guided tours are not available due to current staffing levels.
  • The hatchery will be closed to visitors on weekends from May through August.
  • Species: Chinook and coho salmon; Chambers Creek and Ganaraska strains of steelhead
  • Operations: Hatching and rearing
  • Location: Take Highway 28 north from Batavia, turn left (west) on Cherry Hill Road to Trout Spring Road, turn right. Or take Highway 28 southwest from Cascade to County Highway S, continue on S to Trout Spring Road, turn left, Sheboygan County
  • Restrooms at hatchery
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for tours; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends; closed weekends from May - August.
  • Telephone: (920) 528-8825
  • Address: N1929 Trout Spring Road, Adell, WI 53001
  • Note: Large tours by appointment only

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Lake Mills Hatchery

  • Species: Rainbow trout; northern pike and walleye
  • Operations: Hatching and rearing
  • Location: In Lake Mills on the east side of South Main Street, Jefferson County. Please use indicated parking lot.
  • Restrooms near hatchery
  • Picnic area near hatchery
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call ahead for Saturday hours. Closed Sunday
  • Telephone: (920) 648-8012
  • Address: 302 South Main Street, Lake Mills, WI 53551
  • Note: Guided tours for 12 or more persons only. Please call ahead

Lakewood Rearing Station

  • Temporarily Closed
  • Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout
  • Operations: Rearing
  • Location: Oconto County; take County Highway F east from Lakewood to Lake John Road, turn left (north) on Lake John Road to "Y "intersection with Hatchery Lane, turn left (west) on Hatchery Lane
  • Restrooms at rearing station
  • Picnic area at rearing station
  • Campgrounds nearby, Nicolet National Forest
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Telephone: (715) 276-6066
  • Address: 14865 Hatchery Lane, Lakewood, WI 54138
  • Note: Guided group tours by appointment only

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Langlade Rearing Station

  • Temporarily Closed
  • Species: Brown trout
  • Operations: Rearing
  • Location: On Fish Hatchery Road, north off of Highway 64, about 1.5 miles east of the Wolf River, Langlade County
  • Restrooms at rearing station
  • Campgrounds nearby, Nicolet National Forest
  • Telephone: (715) 882-8757
  • Address: W1269 Fish Hatchery Road, White Lake, WI 54491

Nevin Hatchery

  • Species: Brook, brown and rainbow trout
  • Operations: Broodstock, hatching and rearing
  • Location: In Fitchburg on the east side of Fish Hatchery Road (with DNR South Central Regional Headquarters), south of the "Beltline" (Highways 12, 14, 18, 151), Dane County
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, year 'round
  • Telephone: (608) 275-3246
  • Address: 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711
  • Note: Tours for groups of 15 or more are given by appointment only, during the months of May, June and July on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please call (608) 275-3246 to make a reservation.
  • Pets are not allowed on hatchery grounds.

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Osceola Hatchery

  • Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout
  • Operation: Broodstock, hatching and rearing
  • Location: Take Highway 35 northeast from Osceola, turn left (north) on County Highway S, follow the signs, Polk County
  • No public restrooms at hatchery
  • Camping and picnic facilities nearby, Interstate State Park
  • Hours: Please call ahead
  • Telephone: (715) 294-2525
  • Address: 2517 93rd Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020

St. Croix Falls Hatchery

  • Species: Brook and brown trout (domestic strains)
  • Operations: Broodstock, hatching and rearing
  • Location: West (toward St. Croix River) of River Street in St Croix Falls business district, Polk County
  • Camping and picnic facilities nearby, Interstate Park
  • No public restrooms at hatchery
  • Hours: Please call ahead
  • Telephone: (715) 483-3535
  • Address: 230 River Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
  • More Information on St. Croix Falls Hatchery

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Thunder River Rearing Station

  • Species: Wild Rose domestic brown trout
  • Operations: Rearing
  • Location: Take County Highway W, east from Mountain or west from Crivitz to Caldron Falls Road, turn north and go to Hatchery Road, turn left (west), go one plus mile, Marinette County
  • Restrooms at rearing station
  • Campgrounds nearby, Nicolet National Forest and county parks
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Telephone: (715) 757-3541
  • Address: W13562 Hatchery Road, Crivitz, WI 54114
  • Note: Tours, please call ahead
  • More Information on Thunder River Hatchery

Wild Rose Hatchery

  • Species: Brown trout and chinook salmon; muskellunge, hybrid muskellunge, suckers, northern pike, walleye and lake sturgeon
  • Operations: Broodstock, hatching and rearing
  • Location: On the west side of Highway 22 about 0.5 miles north of Wild Rose, Waushara County
  • Live fish display
  • Restrooms at hatchery
  • Picnic area at hatchery
  • Summer Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day; 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday during the summer
  • Fall Hours - (after Labor Day) September: Friday, Saturday & Sunday (Closed Monday - Thursday)
    October: Friday & Saturday (Closed Sunday - Thursday)
  • Spring Hours - to be determined
  • Closed to Public: November - March
  • Walk-in tours are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • To schedule Group Tours of 10 or more, call 2 weeks in advance: (920) 622-3527, Ext. 209
  • Telephone: (920) 622-3527, x209
  • Address: N5871 State Road 22, Wild Rose, WI 54984
  • Carry-In, Carry-Out: We invite you to enjoy a picnic on the hatchery grounds, but please plan to take out what you bring in.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the grounds, in the Education Center, or in any of the production areas.
  • More Information on Wild Rose
Last revised: Tuesday November 05 2013