Oden Fish Hatchery Visitor Center reopens|
State recreation officials today announced the May 24 reopening of the Oden Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center near Petoskey, concluding a $3 million renovation during the past year.
The visitor center stands on the site of the original Oden State Fish Hatchery, along US-31. The hatchery, which produces trout and salmon, was rebuilt nearby and uses leading-edge fish rearing technology to produce up to one million brown and rainbow trout annually.
Using a grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the DNR has transformed the old hatchery into an expansive interpretive area to showcase Michiganís world-class trout streams and interpret the early era of state fisheries management. The site includes a re-creation of the original Wolverine train car once used to transport fish to stocking areas around Michigan. Visitors can tour the train car to see how the crew took care of the fish en route while residing in the train car.
A fully-accessible, mile-long trail winds along a rehabilitated stream and serves as a scale model of a Great Lakes watershed. The habitat along the trail changes from lowland coniferous forest to upland hardwoods, and includes a submerged stream-viewing chamber, where visitors can see fish and other aquatic wildlife in their natural habitat. The trail provides access to the new fish hatchery, where daily guided hatchery tours are offered.
From May 24 through Labor Day, the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours will change in the fall. For information, contact Maureen Jacobs at 231-348-0998.