Platte River State Fish Hatchery
This facility was established in 1928 and was converted to the state's main salmon hatchery in 1972. Platte River rears coho salmon and Chinook salmon and is the main egg-take location for coho salmon in the Upper Great Lakes. Atlantic salmon are also raised here.
Location: 15210 US 31, Beulah, MI 49617
Contact: 231-325-4611, x18
Hours: Open at no charge to the public. Grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk. Weekdays, 8 am to 4 pm. To schedule group tours, please call 231-325-4611.
Areas of interest to the public:
- Location on Platte River
- Interpretative facilities and trails
- Lower weir harvest facility
- Upper weir egg-take station
- Adult salmon returning to spawn from mid-September to late-October (public is welcome to watch!)
- Resident eagle nest (showcased by Carbon TV live web cam)
- Birthplace of the Great Lakes salmon program
- Trailhead for state trails
- Stop on bird tour
- Proximity to Traverse City
- Location for Hatchery Passport Program
|Platte River State Fish Hatchery Production|
|Atlantic salmon - Landlocked||Fall Fingerlings||36,453|
|Atlantic salmon - Landlocked||Spring Yearlings||160,472|
|Chinook salmon - Michigan||Spring Fingerlings||956,071|
|Coho salmon - Michigan||Spring Yearlings||1,570,200|
|Walleye - Muskegon||Fry||1,304,800|
For detailed information of fish stocked, see the DNR's website at: michigandnr.com/fishstock/.