New DNR program offers education and recreation

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making available an interesting opportunity that will allow participants to be entertained while engaging in a learning experience.

The agency is launching its Hatchery Passport Program, which will reward visitors to all six state fish hatcheries and two select egg-take weir facilities with a collectible sticker representing each respective location, on the occasion of a visit.

“An ambitious visitor can traverse the state collecting these unique stickers that are only available in person,” Ed Eisch, DNR fish production manager, said in a news release. “Those who fill up their ‘passport’ can then collect a small token of appreciation, courtesy of the DNR.”

The agency isn’t saying what the token might be.

Located throughout Michigan, the DNR’s six state fish hatcheries rear and stock fish for a variety of reasons, including to restore ecosystem balance, provide diverse fishing opportunities, rehabilitate depressed fish populations and reintroduce extirpated species, the press release stated.

The participating locations include: Marquette State Fish Hatchery in Marquette; Harrietta State Fish Hatchery in Harrietta; Oden State Fish Hatchery in Alanson; Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beulah; Thompson State Fish Hatchery in Manistique; Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan;,Boardman River Weir in Traverse City; and Little Manistee River Weir in Stronac

To participate in the Hatchery Passport Program, visit or stop by any of the participating locations to download or pick up a copy of the official Hatchery Passport Program document. Additional instructions are within the document.

We recommend residents consider visiting one or more of these facilities, to get a ringside seat to what DNR experts actually do.