Tribal Fish Hatchery
The Red Cliff Tribal Fish Hatchery provides a comprehensive fish hatchery program capable of providing eggs, fry, or fish for both on and off reservation stocking for rehabilitation, restoration, or supplementation of native fish stocks in Wisconsin inland waters and Lake Superior.
The Hatchery strives to:
- Establish a genetically variable Coaster brook trout broodstock of several mature year classes capable of providing enough eggs, fry, and fish for the Red Cliff Tribe and other interested agencies.
- Establish an extensive walleye pond culture program incorporating the hatcheries three one-acre ponds with the objective of producing quality extended growth walleyes (6-8 inch) for stocking
- Provide an educational environment to promote and inform the public about the Tribal Fish Hatchery Program and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
- Coordinate work with other tribal, federal, state, and private agencies to utilize fish and related information produced at the Red Cliff Tribal Hatchery.
- Explore new avenues for research projects, alternative fish propagation projects and additional funding for the Fish Hatchery program.
The tribal hatchery is actively involved with educating children and the general public about tribal natural resource programs. The hatchery offers hands on tours with schools, universities, churches, and other interested groups. Students are encouraged to work on fisheries related research at the fish hatchery and are allowed to utilize hatchery fish, equipment, and staff to accomplish these projects. The hatchery strives to be a productive fish rearing station while offering an educational component to many different groups and agencies.