There’s a little brown building on the south side of Hwy 70 as you’re driving into Spooner from the west. Although it blends in with the homes next door, it’s actually part of the Gov. Tommy Thompson Hatchery (let’s call it GTTH for the sake of sanity). It’s very unassuming although the two immense white pines flanking the front door are pretty impressive.
We’re not sure if this building is actually the original Spooner Hatchery structure from 1913. It’s a pretty old building and stands directly on the shore of the Yellow River Flowage. Although it needs a lot of work, the structure is sound.
Our vision is to renovate the building and use it as a museum for vintage hatchery equipment from around Wisconsin. This is a tall order, but we think it’s a worthy cause. Wisconsin has a deep, rich history in conservation and outdoor sports. Our state is known nation-wide as a for its pristine waters and excellent fishing. We’d like to preserve and share that heritage.
How can you help?
- become a member of FISH
- Adopt A Musky for you or a special angler in your life. A portion of your adoption fee goes to the Hatchery
- donate to our Hatchery Heritage Fund
- tell your friends
- like us on Facebook and share with friends
We welcome your comments and questions. Comment below, use the contact form or give us a call 715.635.4147.