Oden State Fish Hatchery

The original hatchery opened in 1921, but was replaced by a brand-new facility in 2002 and is one of the most advanced locations of its kind. Oden rears brown trout and rainbow trout for both inland and Great Lakes waters.

This hatchery also features an official visitor center (Oden Visitor's Center).

Visitor Center

Location: 3377 US 31, Oden, MI 49764 (between the towns of Conway and Oden)

Contact: 231-348-0998

Hours: Trails and feeding fish are open year round at no charge to the public. Please contact the Visitor's Center directly for hatchery tour times and availability.

Memorial Day - Labor Day; everyday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Labor Day - October 30; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Sundays, 12 pm to 5 pm.
October 31 - April 30; closed.
May 1 - Memorial Day; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Sundays, 12 pm to 5 pm.


Location: 8258 South Ayr Road, Alanson, MI 49706

Contact: 231-347-4689 x12

Hours: Open at no charge to the public. Weekdays, 7:30 am to 4 pm. Weekends, 8 am to 4 pm. To schedule group tours, please call 231-347-4689.

Areas of interest to the public:

  • Interpretative facilities and trails
  • Replica fish transportation rail car
  • Show pond featuring fish
  • Broodstock facility with adult brown trout and rainbow trout on-site
  • Egg-take activities from late September into early January (public is welcome to watch!)
  • Underwater viewing chamber to see fish in native habitat
  • Scheduled seasonal programming - including kid-friendly fishing activities
  • Guided and self-guided tours
  • Close proximity to resort towns of northern Michigan
  • Bike path
  • Birding opportunities (more than 120 species seen, including osprey and eagle)
  • Location for Hatchery Passport Program

Photo: Main Hatchery Building


Photo: Oden State Fish Hatchery Postcard from the 1920s


Photo: Oden State Fish Hatchery as seen in the early 1940s


Photo: Main Hatchery Building at the Oden State Fish Hatchery


Photo: Outdoor raceway building


Photo: Replica of the Wolverine railcar


Photo: Visitor enjoys viewing the trout in the viewing chamber window

Oden State Fish Hatchery Production 
Species-strain Age Number stocked
Brown trout - Gilchrist Adult             1,428
Brown Trout - Sturgeon River Adult                700
Brown Trout - Sturgeon River Yearlings           95,410
Brown Trout - Wild Rose Adult                680
Brown Trout - Wild Rose Yearlings          277,307
Rainbow Trout - Eagle Lake Adult             2,203
Rainbow Trout - Eagle Lake Fall Fingerlings          233,755
Rainbow Trout - Eagle Lake Yearlings          293,876

For detailed information of fish stocked, see the DNR's website at: michigandnr.com/fishstock/.