Marquette State Fish Hatchery was established in 1920 and completely renovated in 1994. It is the primary broodstock and rearing facility for brook and lake trout that are used in both inland and Great Lakes waters. The facility also rears splake (a brook trout - lake trout hybrid) for both Great Lakes and inland waters. The facility has interpretative material to provide information on the importance of small tributaries to the Great Lakes, brook and lake trout rehabilitation, fisheries research, how watersheds work and how a hatchery operates.
The indoor and outdoor interpretative areas are of special interest to the public and were fully open in June 2003. This facility also has broodstock raceways, which have large brook and lake trout. Eggs and sperm are taken from these fish during October and November and the public is welcome to watch. Please call ahead to find out what days the egg takes will be conducted.
The hatchery is open to the public at no charge weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.