Harrietta State Fish Hatchery

Michigan's oldest operating state fish hatchery opened in 1901. Both rainbow and brown trout are reared here for inland and Great Lakes waters.

Harrietta is the birthplace of brown trout in Michigan and is the source of the current state record for this species.

Location: 6801 West 30 Road, Harrietta, MI 49638

Contact: 231-389-2211

Hours: Open at no charge to public. Weekdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Weekends, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. To schedule group tours, please call 231-389-2211.

Areas of interest to the public:

  • Short drive from Mitchell State Park, Caberfae Ski Area and high-quality trout fishing (Pine River, Manistee River, Pere Marquette River)
  • Interpretative area
  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits
  • Self-guided outdoor trail system
  • Surrounded by thousands of acres of state and federal land
  • Minutes from the North Country Trail
  • Location for Hatchery Passport Program

Photo of Harrietta State Fish Hatchery


Photo of Harrietta State Fish Hatchery Upper Unit taken about 1920.


Photo: Harrietta State Fish Hatchery main hatchery building in 1928


Harrietta State Fish Hatchery aerial view taken in 1978


Photo of effluent pond


Photo of interpretative gazebo and trail


Harrietta State Fish Hatchery Production 
Species-strain Age Number stocked
Brown Trout - Gilchrist Creek Spring Yearlings           413,303
Brown Trout - Sturgeon River Spring Yearlings           149,869
Brown Trout - Wild Rose Spring Fingerlings           352,210
Rainbow Trout - Eagle Lake Spring Fingerlings           298,517


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