• Now open

    Hatchery buildings are now open to the public. Visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a face mask when in indoor/enclosed public settings.

  • Hours

    Trails and feeding the fish are open year round, at no charge to the public.

    Visitor Center Hours

    • Memorial Day - Labor Day; Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm.
    • September - first three weekends in November; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.
    • Thanksgiving - March: closed
    • April - May; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.

    Hatchery Tours

    Please contact the visitor center directly for hatchery tour times and availability.

    Areas of interest

    • Feed and view fish on the giant show pond (showcased by Carbon TV live web cam)
      • 23 live lake sturgeon in show pond - some over five feet in length!
    • Nature trail system, including self-guided nature hikes
    • Excellent bird and wildlife viewing, particularly during migrations
    • Scheduled seasonal programming - including hatchery tours, kid-friendly fishing activities, archery, scavenger hunts and more
    • Interpretative facilities featuring an exhibit hall, auditorium, gift shop and much more
    • Historic water wheel
    • Butterfly garden and native prairie habitats
    • Snowshoeing opportunities
    • Access to local breweries, wineries and several state parks (including Van Buren, Yankee Springs and Fort Custer)

    See the fish stocking database for detailed information of fish stocked.

  • Photo - aerial view of Wol Lake Hatchery 2008   Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery sign   

    Photo - aerial view of Wol Lake Hatchery in 1940   Photo of raceway complex in June 2008

    shoreline at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery