• 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.

  • This facility was established in 1928 and was converted to the state's main salmon hatchery in 1972. Platte River rears Atlantic, Chinook and coho salmon and is the main egg-take location for coho in the Upper Great Lakes. Walleye fry are also hatched here.

    Location: 15210 US 31, Beulah, MI 49617

    Contact: 231-325-4611

    Hours: Open at no charge to the public. Grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk and hatchery buildings from 8 am to 4 pm. To schedule group tours, please call 231-325-4611.

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    Areas of interest to the public:

    • Location on Platte River
    • Interpretative facilities and trails
    • Lower weir harvest facility
    • Upper weir egg-take station
    • Adult salmon returning to spawn from mid-September to late-October (public is welcome to watch!)
    • Resident eagle nest (showcased by Carbon TV live web cam)
    • Birthplace of the Great Lakes salmon program
    • Trailhead for state trails
    • Stop on bird tour
    • Proximity to Traverse City
    • Location for the DNR's Stamp & Go Guide

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