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

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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Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa NFH Great Success

  All, Thanks so much for all of your hard work in the preparation and execution of the Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa NFH on Sunday February 9th this year.  This year was extremely challenging to pull off, due to 2 postponements of … Continue reading

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Genoa National Fish Hatchery site of Kids Ice Fishing Day

Kids Ice Fishing Day is back at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery. The event will be held Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  The event, which draws roughly 200 local area youth, ages 5 through 12, and their families, … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Culture…A Continuing Education Species!

BY ANGELA BARAN-DAGENDESH, GENOA NFH A Hine’s emerald dragonfly in the cage during a monthly health check. Credit: Angela Baran Dagendesh, USFWS After working with the Hine’s emerald dragonfly for almost 20 years, both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service … Continue reading

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A Long Journey Ahead: Eggs to Brood Stock

  BY: HENRY QUINLAN, EVAN BOONE, BRANDON KEESLER AND OREY ECKES Fish biologist Henry Quinlan with the Ashland FWCO holds a 24 inch coaster brook trout captured during the 2018 gamete collection in Tobin Harbor on Isle Royale National Park. … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eye on the Prize: Continuing restoration of Higgins’Eye pearlymussel to the Chippewa River

One of the objectives at Genoa National Fish Hatchery is restoring species, whether that be to levels needed for recreation or to recover a species from endangerment. If you’ve taken a tour of the hatchery, walked through the new interpretive … Continue reading

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