Governor Tommy G Thompson State Fish Hatchery

The largest hatchery of its kind in the world; it is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The facility annually produces nearly 2 million walleyes, 100,000 muskellunge and some northern pike. You can see the hatchery incubation process from the viewing room, learn how to tell the age of a fish and what lures to use to catch one, and much more. There is a walking path from the parking area across the dam to the visitor center and to Spooner Veterans' Memorial Park on the Yellow River Flowage. There are picnic facilities, a fishing pier and boat launch, Veterans' Memorial Tribute, and the park is handicapped accessible. The hatchery and park may be reached from Highway 70 or Highway 63.

Hours of Operation

The visitor center is open year-round, 8am-4pm (Monday-Friday). Guided tours are held on Tuesdays & Fridays at 10am from May 2nd to Labor Day. Groups of 10 or more should call 2-3 days ahead to schedule a tour.


Located 1/2 mile west of Highway 63 in Spooner on Highway 70

Runs Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • Yes


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

Tour Type

  • Agricultural
  • Manufacturing/Plant Tours