The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, located just eight miles west of Kalamazoo, will be closed from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, and will be reopening for the weekends during January, February and March.

“During the closure, we’ll be performing regularly scheduled maintenance,” said Shana Ramsey, DNR interpreter at the visitor center. “In January, February and March, when it is often difficult for school groups to come to us, our staff focuses on going to them through outreach programs at area schools. So the visitor center will be closed to the general public during the week, but open on weekends for a fun lineup of winter programs, including ice fishing, snowshoe walks, snowshoe making, winter bird walks and, of course, tours of the hatchery.”

During the first three months of 2012, the visitor center will be open with the following schedule:

  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Hatchery tours will be available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and in the afternoon only on Sunday.
  • A variety of winter programs will be offered. Please check the schedule on Visitor Center’s website.

The visitor center will hold one more special program before the end of the year — Feeder Birds 101 — at 10 a.m. Dec. 3. Learn about the common and uncommon birds that visit southwest Michigan feeders throughout the winter months with the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo. Participants will learn how to attract and identify a large variety of species.

The Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is located in Mattawan at Hatchery Road and M-43, six miles west of US-131. For detailed information on winter programs and to view the current events calendar, visit www.michigan.gov/wolflakevc or call the visitor center at 269-668-2876.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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