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
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.
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.