Thompson State Fish Hatchery

This location opened in 1922 and produces Chinook salmon, steelhead and walleye for both inland and Great Lakes waters.

Location: 944 S. State Highway M149, Manistique, MI 49854

Contact: 906-341-5587

Hours: Open at no charge to the public. Tours and visitor center are self-guided and open daily, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Buildings are locked after 3:30 pm, but visitors are still welcome to self-tour outside. To schedule group tours, please call 906-341-5587 (extension 201).

Areas of interest to the public:

  • Interpretative signage and self-guided tour
  • Informative, short video to watch that explains the hatchery and how it operates
  • Please note: hatchery buildings are closed to unguided public tours due to fish health and public safety concerns
  • Outside buildings with fish for viewing begin to open in September and continues into May
  • Show pond filled with large trout
  • Close proximity to Indian Lake State Park, Palms Book State Park and Fayette Historical State Park
  • Location for Hatchery Passport Program

Photo of Thompson Hatchery main buidlings

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 work of Thompson State Fish Hatchery and the DNR's walleye rearing efforts. Video provided by Brian Whitens, Media Productions. An excerpt from Discovering program on WLUC Tv6.
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Photo of Thompson State Fish Hatchery Main Hatchery Building 2 in the 1930s

 

Photo of effluent pond at the hatchery

 

Thompson State Fish Hatchery - Current Production Statistics 
Species-Strain
Age
Number Stocked
Chinook Salmon-Michigan
Spring Fingerling
415,705
Steelhead Trout-Michigan
Fall Fingerling
0
Steelhead Trout-Michigan
Spring Yearling
628,062
Walleye-Bay de Noc
Fry
2,900,000
Grand Total
3,943,767


For more information on where the DNR stocks fish, visit www.michigandnr.com/fishstock