by Holly L
The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery offers some great free summer programs. Located in Mattawan and surrounded by wooded trails, the Hatchery offers daily tours and scavenger hunts for kids of all ages. We have pulled together a listing of all the programs they currently have offered. All programs listed are FREE and do not require registration.
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
- (269) 668-2696
- 34270 Co Rd 652
- Mattawan, MI 49071
Thursdays at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 6:30 pm
Arrows Away is an archery program funded by the Department of Natural Resources. They provide equipment for multiple ability levels and provide step by step instruction to help your child get started. Kids ages 8 and older have the opportunity to safely learn to sink an arrow into a target, and even into a turkey decoy. Classes are free and offered Thursday nights, weather permitting, at 4 session times from June through August. Please arrive on time for your session. Sessions are offered at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and at 6:30 pm.
Hook, Line and Sinker
Fridays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
The best way to learn the basics of fishing is to attend a free summer workshop hosted by the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Kids ages 3-16 can participate in catch and release fishing. All the supplies you need to fish are provided and the kids get a reward at the end for participating. The workshops run every Friday night from 5pm to 7pm and every Saturday morning from 9am to 11am, Memorial Day through Labor Day. When you arrive you will receive a bucket with your equipment. There are quite a few people helping out. You can learn how to tie a hook, bait your hook, cast your line, hook a fish and then release your fish from the hook and return it to the water.
Tuesdays through Fridays at 12:30 pm
Tuesdays through Fridays you can stop by the visitor center at 12:30pm and watch the animals and fish be fed. They have turtles, frogs, Chinook Salmon, Bluegill and Lake Sturgeon on display in the critter corner. A member of the staff will start the feeding frenzy and tell you about the animals and fish, as well as answer any questions you might have.
Family Scavenger Hunt
Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
When the visitor center is open, you can stop by and request a hike pack. The pack includes a list of questions for your family to answer as you hit the hatchery trails. The hunt is free and fun for all ages.
Monday through Saturday at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
Sunday at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Meet in the visitor center lobby for a special tour of the Hatchery. You will learn how the harvest the eggs, raise the fish and then how they eventually release them. They will walk you through the entire building showing the tanks and how the fish are fed. They will answer your questions and tell you anything you could want to know about the process and the fish themselves. It is always entertaining. If the tour gets too long for little ones, you can always just head out to the ponds and feed the fish. First handful of fish food is always free!