This facility was established in 1928 and was converted to the state's main salmon hatchery in 1972. Platte River rears Atlantic, Chinook and coho salmon and is the main egg-take location for coho in the Upper Great Lakes. Walleye fry are also hatched here.
Location: 15210 US 31, Beulah, MI 49617
Hours: Open at no charge to the public. Grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk and hatchery buildings from 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 the DNR's Stamp & Go Guide
See the fish stocking database for detailed information of fish stocked.
Department of Natural Resources