Families are invited to enjoy a Saturday of catch-and-release fishing, crafts for the kids, fishing seminars, a nature photography exhibit and tours of the hatchery as part of the "Get Hooked on the Hatchery" kickoff event on Aug. 20 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the new, nonprofit organization, the Friends of Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery (FOWL). Learn how to become a Friend of Wolf Lake and help support their efforts of providing individuals with an opportunity to learn about natural resource management and conservation, fishing, as well as other outdoor recreation activities in Michigan.
Can't make it on Saturday? Every day, visitors can learn about a variety of fish species, their life cycles and habitats and how the DNR works to protect and conserve Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams to maintain a world class fishery. Tours of the hatchery are available Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on Sundays in the afternoon only. Groups of 10 or more require advance registration.
The Visitor Center's summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. There is no admission charge and all events and programs are free.
The Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is located in Mattawan at Hatchery Road and M-43, six miles west of US-131. To schedule a group tour, or register for a Saturday children's fishing program, call the visitor center at 269-668-2876.
For more information about the hatchery, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrvisitorcenters and click on "Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center". You can learn more about becoming a Friend of the hatchery anytime by clicking on "Friends of Wolf Lake" and downloading the brochure. Find FOWL on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/wolflakefriends.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.