The Thompson Fish Hatchery is located about eight miles west of Manistique on County Road 149. It is one of six hatcheries operated by the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is open for tours. Most of the hatchery's annual production is cold water species planted in Upper Peninsula waters.

Thompson State Fish Hatchery
Chinook SalmonSteelhead TroutWalleye
Thompson State Fish Hatchery

Location: 944 S. State Highway M149 - Manistique, Michigan, 49854
Phone: (906) 341-5587
Email: DNR-Fisheries@michigan.gov

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).

Thompson State Fish Hatchery
Thompson State Fish Hatchery
Thompson State Fish Hatchery

Thompson State Fish Hatchery was established in 1922. This facility produces Chinook salmon, steelhead and walleye for both inland and Great Lakes waters. This hatchery offers educational signage and self-guided tours, including informational videos explaining hatchery operations. The facility also offers a show pond filled with large trout, and fish viewing in outside buildings open September through May.

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


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