Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

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Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center  Fish CAM - see lake sturgeon, Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, northern pike, northern muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass and a variety of sunfish!

Wolf Lake was established in 1927 and currently produces steelhead, Chinook salmon, walleye and Great Lakes muskellunge for both inland and Great Lakes waters.

This hatchery also features an official visitor center (Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center).

Location: 34270 County Road 652, Mattawan, MI 49071 (just west of Kalamazoo)

Contact: 269-668-2876

Hours: Trails and feeding the fish are open year round, at no charge to the public.

Visitor Center & Hatchery Tours
Please contact the Visitor Center directly for hatchery tour times and availability.
Memorial Day - Labor Day; Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm.
September - first three weekends in November; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.
Thanksgiving - March: closed
April - May; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.

Areas of interest to the public:

  • Feed and view fish on the giant show pond (showcased by Carbon TV live web cam)
    • 23 live lake sturgeon in show pond - some over five feet in length!
  • Marked nature trail system, including self-guided nature hikes
  • Excellent bird and wildlife viewing, particularly during migrations
  • Scheduled seasonal programming - including hatchery tours, kid-friendly fishing activities, archery, scavenger hunts and more
  • Interpretative facilities which feature an exhibit hall, auditorium, gift shop and much more
  • Historic water wheel
  • Butterfly garden and native prairie habitats
  • Snow shoeing opportunities
  • Access to local breweries, wineries and several State Parks (including Van Buren, Yankee Springs and Fort Custer)
  • Location for Hatchery Passport Program

Photo - aerial view of Wol Lake Hatchery 2008

Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery sign

Photo - aerial view of Wol Lake Hatchery in 1940

Photo of raceway complex in June 2008

shoreline at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

Wolf Lake Hatchery Production

Species - strain

Age

Number Stocked

Chinook salmon - Michigan Spring Fingerlings

234,477

Muskellunge - Great Lakes Fall Fingerlings

53,145

Muskellunge - Great Lakes Spring Fingerlings

6,306

Steelhead - Michigan Fall Fingerlings

459,062

Steelhead - Michigan Yearlings 760,993
Walleye - Muskegon Fry

13,155,600

Total

14,669,583


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