The mission of the Red Cliff Hatchery is to provide a comprehensive fish hatchery program capable of providing eggs, fry, or fish for both on and off reservation stocking for rehabilitation, restoration, or supplementation of native fish stocks in Wisconsin inland waters and Lake Superior.
The goals of the hatchery to support its mission include:
Establishment of a genetically variable Coaster brook trout broodstock of several mature year classes capable of providing enough eggs, fry, and fish for the Red Cliff Tribe and other interested agencies.
Establishment of an extensive walleye pond culture program incorporating the hatcheries three one-acre ponds with the objective of producing quality extended growth walleyes ( 6-8 inch) for stocking
Provide an educational environment to promote and inform the public about the Tribal Fish Hatchery Program and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Coordinate work with other tribal, federal, state, and private agencies to utilize fish and related information produced at the Red Cliff Tribal Hatchery.
Explore new avenues for research projects, alternative fish propagation projects and additional funding for the Fish Hatchery program.
The Red Cliff Tribal Fish Hatchery is a flow- through-system capable of both cool water and coldwater rearing of fish. The hatchery is composed of 4 fish rearing areas; a production/office building, a broodstock building, an isolation building, and 3, one-acre, clay lined grow out ponds.
The facility pumps 500 gallons per minute of water supplied from deep aquifers using high capacity wells. Water maintains a constant temperature of 7.4 C. Nutrients are removed from effluent through wetland pond filtration.
Since 1994 Red Cliff has stocked 1.2 million brook trout into the waters of Lake Superior surrounding the Tribal Reservation. Fish were stocked of various life stages from egg to adults.
The Tribal Fish Hatchery also produces numbers of extended growth walleye in the size range from 4-6 inches for stocking into inland waters of Wisconsin.
The tribal hatchery is actively involved with educating children and the general public about tribal natural resource programs. The hatchery offers hands on tours with schools, universities, churches, and other interested groups. Students are encouraged to work on fisheries related research at the fish hatchery and are allowed to utilize hatchery fish, equipment, and staff to accomplish these projects. The hatchery strives to be a productive fish rearing station while offering an educational component to many different groups and agencies.
The Red Cliff Fish Hatchery can also provide various ages of Coaster Brook Trout (availability may change from year to year)
Experimental Rearing of Lake Sturgeon
Experimental Rearing of Lake Herring
Passive Integrated Transponder Tag Retention Project
Monitoring stocking efforts using electrofishing methods
Extended growth 8” and over
88455 Pike Rd State Highway 13
Bayfield, WI 54814