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Weir Programs

Fall DNR Weir Fieldtrips

Welcome to the DNR's fall Weir fieldtrip opportunities.

Weirs and hatcheries play an important role in helping to keep Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams, one of the greatest freshwater fisheries in the world. Schools are invited to visit the weir during the annual fish, or egg, take operations to see firsthand how the DNR actively manages these world class waters. Students will experience the sights, sounds and smells of the amazing process in which thousands of fish swim up river into the weir.

School programs will include history, ecology, biology and natural resource stewardship.

Tours will be adjusted for COVID current COVID protocols. Tours will likely be more outdoors, utilize distancing, and masks if required.

The tour of the weirs includes (but is not limited to):

  • The story of salmon in the Great Lakes with an emphasis on fisheries management and invasive species
  • Up-close look at all aspects of the weir process including a rotation through various stations:
    • Fish sorting
    • Weir/river
    • Fish ladder
    • Egg take (Platte Weir & Little Manistee Weir)
    • Fish take (Boardman Weir)
  • History of the weir
  • What is a fish weir?
  • Why and how the DNR raises fish?
  • What are fish hatcheries and why are they important?
  • Salmon life cycle
  • Tour of the hatchery (Platte)

You have several FREE fieldtrip options to fit your schedule and geographic location.

Beulah, MI - Platte River State Hatchery and Weir: Full hatchery and weir tours for school groups. Egg take MAY occur during your visit.

Manistee, MI - Little Manistee River Weir: Full weir tours for school groups. Egg take MAY occur during your fieldtrip. If not, a mock egg take will be simulated.

Traverse City, MI - Boardman Weir fish take facility (two options)

1. Boardman Weir TOUR: Facility tour at set days/times. NO fish take will occur.

2. Boardman Weir FISH TAKE: Slots are to register for the week. The FISH TAKE is scheduled the week of, based on fish density. You will be notified on Monday, which day your tour can occur. Options will be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. These tours are loud and messy and may not be suitable for sensitive audiences.

Sign up process

Please see below to sign up for tour dates. After you sign up we will contact you by email or phone to confirm your appointment and talk about programs. All registrations are tentative until we contact you. Minimum per time slot is 20 students., maximum is one classroom per slot.

Be sure to list number of students, grade level of students and any special requests in the COMMENT slot.

Contact Information

Please feel free to call if you have any questions. I am often out of the office working in the field, so please leave a message.
Tracy Page, Aquatic Education Coordinator
Office phone: 989-277-0630
Email: [email protected]


Created by:   Tracy Page

Date (mm/dd/yyyy EDT) Location Available Slot
10/15/2021 (Fri.) Platte River Tour (custom group) 

9:30 EST

David M Murduck
Champion Local Schools

2:00 pm (EST)

David M Murduck
Champion Local Schools
10/20/2021 (Wed.) Platte River State Fish Hatchery & Weir

9:00 - 10:00am

Jake Charette
Manistee Catholic Central

10:30 - 11:30am


12:30 - 1:30pm

10/21/2021 (Thu.) Platte River State Fish Hatchery & Weir

9:00 - 10:00am

Randy Redman
Mesick 5th Grade

10:30 - 11:30am


12:30 - 1:30pm

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