• 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 the DNR's Stamp & Go Guide

    Below is Thompson's current production statistics:

    Species - Strain Age Number Stocked
    Chinook salmon Spring fingerling 387,179
    Steelhead trout Fall fingerling 302,442
    Steelhead trout Spring yearling 623,955
    Walleye Fry 2,700,000
      TOTAL 4,013,576


    See the fish stocking database for detailed information of fish stocked.

    Photo of Thompson Hatchery main buidlings

    Photo of effluent pond at the hatchery