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The renovated exhibit hall offers visitors a firsthand look at how fish hatcheries evolved in Michigan, how fish were raised historically and how individuals can become stewards of our natural resources to safeguard them for current and future generations.

Walk through a train car to learn how fish once were transported, see footage of fish being stocked in the 1930s and 1940s and learn how to take an active role in protecting our natural resources. Visitors can also view a brief 15 minute video in the Auditorium to see what its like to spend a year as a steelhead trout at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery.

Be sure to check out the other fun and educational exhibits and displays throughout the lobby too. Visitors can watch a live underwater camera of the show pond, as well as check out the seasonal animals located in the lobby's "critter corner." 

Viewing aquariums include:

  • Arctic grayling, a fish that disappeared from Michigan waters that the Michigan DNR and its partners are working to restore.
  • Sea lamprey, one of the Great Lakes most destructive aquatic invasive species. 
  • Prehistoric lake sturgeon