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Brule State Fish Hatchery

Fishing Wisconsin

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Hatchery information

Hatchery Hours (Note: hours are subject to change without notice)

Hours: Rearing station grounds are open 8:00 a.m. – to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday all year,

Visitor Center Hours are subject to change without notice,

Tours: Guided tours are available Monday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please gather by the information and education sign. Guided tours for groups are available upon request by calling and scheduling an appointment. We will try to accommodate tour requests during weekday hours but will accommodate for occasional weekends. Self-guided tours are available during regular hours.


Hatchery Location

13847 East Hatchery Road
Brule, WI 54820

On Hatchery Road off of Highway 27, south of Brule, Douglas County


Call (715) 372-4820 or email Darren Miller


Brule hatchery produces brook, brown and rainbow trout

An aerial view of Brule fish hatchery in the fall.

Take a walking tour with informational signs and the rearing units filled with rainbow, brook and brown trout or visit the nature center to see fish and wildlife displays. Please note that no waders or boats are allowed, and visitors are asked to disinfect hands/feet before entering hatchery grounds to avoid tracking in viruses or bacteria.

A picnic area and campground are available less than one mile from the hatchery in the Brule River State Forest. Hiking is nearby on the North Country Trail, Stoney Hill hiking trail, and Bayfield hiking trail. World-class fishing on the "River of Presidents" the Bois Brule River is less than a mile away—fish for brook, brown and rainbow trout (steelhead), Chinook and coho salmon.

Fish production

Brule Hatchery rears fish for the Great Lakes.

The Brule River Rearing Station raises two strains of brown trout, Wild Rose and Seeforellen. There are 29 raceways and ponds fed by an open water source – the Little Brule River. Since the trout here are raised outdoors on spring water, they feed not only on pellet fish food but also on natural food present in the river. They are stocked along Wisconsin's shorelines of lakes Superior and Michigan.