Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery

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Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery
Location2125 Denby Drayton Plains, Michigan
Coordinates42°40′17.3″N 83°22′27.4″W / 42.671472°N 83.374278°W / 42.671472; -83.374278Coordinates: 42°40′17.3″N 83°22′27.4″W / 42.671472°N 83.374278°W / 42.671472; -83.374278
Area18 acres (7.3 ha)
DesignatedAugust 24, 1984 [1]

The Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery was the second fish hatchery opened by the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (previously known as the Michigan Conservation Department). It was established in 1903 and originally named Drayton Plains Station. The name was officially changed to Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery in 1934.[2]

The Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery was opened along the Clinton River on Mill Street (later Hatchery Road) in what was then Drayton Plains, Michigan (now Waterford Township).[3] Its purpose was to raise bass fingerlings on its 18-acre site.

In 1962, operations at the Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery ended after nearly 60 years.

The Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery was listed as a Michigan Historic Site on August 24, 1984.[4]

Fish Hatchery Background[edit]

In the late 1920s, sportfishing was well established as a leisure time activity in Michigan. As a result, fish production moved away from food fish and focused on sport fish species including, brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout along with many warm-water species. Most Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries work on the Great Lakes was abandoned as these fisheries were dominated by commercial fishing. Hatchery technology had improved by this time to allow the production of larger fish and the time period from 1930-1949 is considered the Fingerling Era.[5]

As of 2016, there were six state fish hatcheries in operation in Michigan:[6]

Nature Center[edit]

The former Drayton Plains State Fish Hatchery is the site of the Drayton Plains Nature Center.[7]

Opened in 1967, the Nature Center is situated on 138 acres, with an expanse of nearly one mile in length. It exhibits nature in various forms. The grounds include woods, ponds, streams and a prairie. Along with expansive trails, it offers an interpretive center that houses displays of specimens in their natural habitat.[8]


  1. ^ http://www.michmarkers.com/
  2. ^ http://waterfordhistoricalsociety.org/museums/index.html#Hatchery
  3. ^ http://www.waterfordhistoricalsociety.org/museums/index.html#Hatchery
  4. ^ http://www.michmarkers.com/
  5. ^ http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259_28277-32816--,00.html
  6. ^ http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259_28277---,00.html
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-03-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.michigan.org/property/drayton-plains-nature-center/