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Lake Sturgeon Management

Together with numerous partners, we use streamside rearing to increase Michigan's lake sturgeon population. Streamside rearing allows young sturgeon to "imprint" to the river water, increasing the chances they return to the target river as mature adults.

Five streamside rearing facilities operated by the DNR include:

  • Black River (Cheboygan County)
  • Cedar River (Menominee County)
  • Kalamazoo River (Van Buren County)
  • Ontonagon River (Ontonagon County)
  • Whitefish River (Delta County)

One streamside rearing facility operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians:

  • Manistee River (Manistee County)

Two streamside rearing facilities operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources include:

  • Kewaunee River
  • Milwaukee River 
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