Friends of the Upper Mississippi

Genoa Fish Clinic

Genoa Fish Clinic - Genoa, WI

Our Vision Statement

To work to protect, enhance and restore our Upper Mississippi River resources by serving as volunteers and partners with conservation organizations to provide education about these resources for our citizens, to advocate for government policies that will support these resources and to increase awareness of threats to the health of the Upper Mississippi River.

Mission of the Friends of the Upper Mississippi

  • Provide volunteer services to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other Conservation organizations for native species restoration and population monitoring.
  • Provide education programs for members and the general public on conservation issues and benefits
  • Provide grants for educational activities
  • Provide outdoor activities for children
  • Be a primary point of contact with local and national public officials in support of Mississippi River resources
  • Provide fundraising activities to support local conservation programs
  • Inform local groups and provide education on conservation issues

Current News

Community Days The Midwest Fisheries Center and the Friends of the Upper Mississippi were at Onalaska and West Salem Communities and had a great time with the fishing game and a puzzle quizzing folks on their fish ID skills.   … Continue reading

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Spring Outreach Events Reach More Than 3,000 People!

  More than 3,000 people connected with hatchery staff at outreach events and school trips this spring, including more than 1,900 kids! Staff traveled to 9 outreach events at schools, museums, and nature centers conducting programs on mussels, fish, and … Continue reading

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Tomah VA Medical Center Fishing Tournament a Success!

The 29th Annual Hospital-Wide Tomah VA Medical Center’s Fishing Tournament was held on Wednesday, May 15. The 7th and 8th grade class (125 students) from the Tomah Middle School escorted the Veterans to the VA’s Fishing Pond. The Annual Fishing … Continue reading

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Pond Production Season Begins at GNFH

Pond production season is in full swing at Genoa NFH. As a new employee at the hatchery, I’m making my first journey through the annual cycle. I was promised it would be busy and hectic at times, and I haven’t … Continue reading

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New Interactive Multimedia Display Installed in Interpretive Center

Thanks to our generous sponsors: Friends of the Upper Mississippi, Friends of Pool 9, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission, the Great River Road Interpretive Center has a new interactive multimedia display. Produced by Hamline University, … Continue reading

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Walleye Egg Hatch Continues to Improve at Genoa NFH

 BY OREY ECKES, GENOA NFH Over the last few months, hatchery staff members have been finalizing additional renovations of the holding house from the 2018 walleye production season. Due to increased demand for more walleye eggs from state, tribal and … Continue reading

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Shedd Aquarium Nets Some Coaster Brook Trout for Native Fish Display

DOUG ALOISI, GENOA NFH Since Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is centrally located, many Midwestern aquariums periodically contact us for fish for their exhibits to engage the public with. Through these exhibits, our conservation message is also relayed to the … Continue reading

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Welcoming our new Environmental Educator at Genoa

                  The Genoa hatchery staff is happy to announce that we are now able to staff the Great River Road Interpretive Center this November with former National Park Service Park Ranger Raena … Continue reading

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Lake Sturgeon Growth Project

Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) has been committed since 1993 to the goal of restoring lake sturgeon to its native range. In order to do this in the most effective and economic manner, the hatchery initiated a multi-year study to … Continue reading

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Long Range Sturgeon Stocking Completed

Every fall tens of thousands of lake sturgeon depart their temporary home at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and begin their lives out in the wild, beginning the long process of maturing into 20 plus year old fish that … Continue reading

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