Marquette State Fish Hatchery

This state fish hatchery was established in 1920 and is the primary broodstock and rearing facility for brook and lake trout for both inland and Great Lakes waters.

Marquette also rears splake - a hybrid cross between lake trout and brook trout.

Location: 488 Cherry Creek Road, Marquette, MI 49855

Contact: 906-249-1611

Hours: Open at no charge to the public. Weekdays, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Weekends, 8 am to 3:30 pm. To schedule group tours, please call 906-249-1611.

Areas of interest to the public:

  • Indoor and outdoor interpretative areas
  • Broodstock facility with adult brook trout and lake trout on-site
  • Egg-take activities every October and November (public is welcome to watch!)
  • House natural albino fish
  • Uses water from Cherry Creek
  • Very close to Northern Michigan University and beautiful downtown Marquette
  • Features Marquette Fisheries Research Station upstairs
  • Location for Hatchery Passport Program

 

The video below highlights the work of Thompson and Marquette State Fish Hatcheries and the DNR's fish stocking efforts. Video provided by Brian Whitens, Media Productions. An excerpt from Discovering program on WLUC TV6.

The video below highlights the Great Lakes mass marking program. Video provided by Brian Whitens, Media Productions. An excerpt from Discovering program on WLUC TV6.

Photo of Marquette State Fish Hatchery in the 1920's

Photo of Marquette State Fish Hatchery raceways in 1926

Photo of Marquette State Fish Hatchery in 1998
 

Marquette State Fish Hatchery - Production Statistics
Species-Strain Age #Stocked Mean Length (cm) Total Weight (kg)
Brook Trout-Assenica Spring Fingerling 3,425 6 5
Brook Trout-Assenica Fall Fingerling 33,785 14 851
Brook Trout-Assenica Yearling 65,151 21 4,985
Brook Trout-Assenica Adult 1,140 52 361
Species Total   103,501   6,199
Lake Trout-Lake Superior Yearling 115,744 17 3,415
Lake Trout-Lake Superior Adult 1,131 75 592
Species Total   116,875   4,007
Lake Trout-Seneca Yearling 206,511 14 4,082
Splake Yearling 233,704 22 18,144
Grand Total   660,591   32,432