Wolf Lake Visitor Center closing for renovations|
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center will close Feb. 1 temporarily for building renovations and the installation of new exhibits and educational messages to interpret Michigan's fish hatchery story.
The project at Wolf Lake is part of the DNR's major initiative to renovate its six state fish hatcheries, including the construction of a new state-of-the-art hatchery facility and visitor center at Oden that features a replica of the department's original Wolverine "fish car."
"Although DNR fish hatcheries currently welcome 250,000 visitors each year, there are few exhibits to attract visitor attention or explain the 'why and how' of modern hatchery operations. We're changing that," said Education and Outreach Chief Douglas Finley. "When the Wolf Lake Visitor Center reopens in mid-March, the new interactive learning stations and displays will incorporate the latest technology to help kids and families have fun while learning more about fish and their aquatic environment."
The specific interpretive theme at Wolf Lake will focus on Lake Sturgeon and coolwater species rehabilitation, and the history of the Great Lakes fisheries. New displays planned for the exhibit hall, which opened in 1983, will discuss the DNR, general fisheries and aquatic biology and hatchery operation. The exhibit also will feature a re-creation of an interior section of the historical fisheries train car.
The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery and Visitor Center is located eight miles west of Kalamazoo on M-43.