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  rearing capabilities. The indoor facility con- tains 42 tanks for rearing of small fingerlings, while the outdoor facility contains 12 raceways for rearing yearling trout. Thompson hatchery had a new interpretive center installed in 2003. According to the Michigan DNR website, the center provides information on the importance of small tributaries to the Great Lakes, how watersheds work, how a hatchery operates, as well as art work and a hands-on computer center that challenges people of all ages to learn about hatcheries and fisheries management.
Thompson Hatchery’s grounds are open to the public at no charge from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, or to schedule group tours call 906-341-5587.
Thompson State Fish Hatchery
Michigan DNR photo
Hiawatha National Forest
Environmental Education Lab
Named after Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” the Hiawatha National Forest is located in the Central and Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Schoolcraft County Environmental Laboratory is a system of trails located on 80 acres of wooded township land, a few miles east of Manistique on Krummich Road.
The forest encompasses 880,000 acres, and receives over 1.5 million recreational visits per year. The forest affords visitors access to white sand beaches and relatively undeveloped shorelines along three of America’s inland seas — Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron.
The purpose of the lab is to provide hiking, nature appreciation and envi- ronmental education opportunities for the general public and local schools. The system includes an observation platform, boardwalk, and interpretive trails and hiking loops totaling 1.79 miles.
For more information on camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and other recreational activ- ities contact the Hiawatha National Forest, Manistique Ranger District at 906-341-5666.
  In the Blanchard Center 401 Deer Street Manistique, MI 49854 906.341.1444
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