Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery
Wild Rose is a reliable workhorse that's been delivering fishing fun and enhancing and restoring fish populations in Wisconsin for more than a century. Wild Rose State Fish hatchery grows more trout and salmon than any other and produces musky, sturgeon and walleye to test anglers statewide.
Hatchery visitor hours (Note: hours are subject to change without notice)
New Hours: The Visitor Center Building will be open at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and summer holidays. Visitor Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the property.
To schedule Group Tours of 10 or more, email or call 2 weeks in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 622-3527, Ext. 209
CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: November through March
SPECIAL EVENTS: Free family activities including fish printing on t-shirts, learn to cast, fly rod casting, learn to identify your catch, and fish games for all ages.
- SPRING STURGEON CELEBRATION held the first Saturday in May
- FALL FISH MIGRATION held the last Saturday in October.
- WILD ROSE DAYS held the fourth Saturday in July. Learn to cast at Roberts Park on Wild Rose Millpond from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday to view exhibits and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to feed brown trout in the old hatchery.
We invite you to enjoy a picnic on hatchery grounds, but please plan to take out what you bring in.
N5871 State Rd 22
Wild Rose WI 54984
What can I do at the hatchery?
There's a lot to do at Wild Rose! Come and see the new Wild Rose Hatchery Education Center, where you'll find two large aquariums, interpretive displays, activities, and games that help tell the story of the fish hatchery then and now.
You can also take a peek at hatchery production from the coldwater (trout and salmon) observation room, then stroll down to the historic village where Wild Rose first began and fish still swim in the raceways.
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery in the historic village, a tradition since the early 1900s.
With the completion of the new coldwater facilities, Wild Rose is currently producing brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon. The coolwater facilities produce northern pike, walleye, lake sturgeon and great lakes spotted musky.
Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery is critical to Wisconsin's $2.75 billion sport fishery. The hatchery is particularly important to great Lake Michigan fishing; 100 percent of the coldwater fish (trout and salmon) raised at Wild Rose are stocked into the big pond. Lake Michigan has been considered a "world-class" fishery and thanks to the renovations of Wild Rose, we can be confident that it will live up to its reputation.
- Year in, year out, Wild Rose produces more than 2 million trout and salmon for stocking; and
- It's one of only 3 hatcheries to raise both cold and coolwater fish.