We’re a non-profit educational facility where visitors learn about this historic site, the trout common in Michigan streams, the environmental concerns in our area, and the value of Michigan’s stream trout fisheries. As of 2020, entry is free during our operational hours.
Did you know that without the Grayling Fish Hatchery, Anglers of the Au Sable and Trout Unlimited might never have been founded?
Yep! The Grayling Fish Hatchery was once a prolific State of Michigan hatchery that kept the Au Sable in constant supply of trout…hatchery trout. A concerned citizenry, tired of catching the same stocked trout over and over again, advocated for a focus on wild trout…something the Au Sable is excellent at producing. Now thanks to catch-and-release regulations, the Au Sable is one of the best wild trout streams in the state, producing some of the highest trout densities in the country. And the Grayling Fish Hatchery stands as a bridge between the past and the present.
Our runs are filled with trout (including some big ones!) that guests may feed and even catch for dinner (there is a fee for fish cleaning). We also have a catch and release bluegill pond for kids to practice their fishing techniques.
The upper Au Sable is an interconnected fishery, with all the branches offering the trout free range between feeding areas, spawning areas, and cold water areas for summer refuge…except for the East Branch. For years, the Hatchery has stood between the upper East Branch and the lower East Branch. Such barriers isolate the upstream population of trout. This is not a good thing, and we can fix it! We hope to reconnect the upper East Branch to the rest of the Au Sable, allowing fish migration.
We offer free fishing and fly-casting lessons most weekends as well as a self-guided tour thru the incredible property. Lake Superior State University is developing a management plan for the Grayling Fish Hatchery to keep the river healthy, and hopes to use the property for research and education.
Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend
Friday thru Sunday, and holiday Mondays 12 pm – 6 pm
Rates: The Grayling Fish Hatchery is free admission to everyone! There is still a charge for fish food and fish cleaning.
We are a donation-based, non-profit (501c3) educational facility with a simple mission: to connect people to the Au Sable River.
For more info, to schedule a tour for your students, or to make a donation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org