Sturgeon Restoration and Events
The rehabilitation of Lake Sturgeon in the Saginaw River system uses fish reared from both the Black River Streamside Rearing Facility in Michigan (MDNR / Sturgeon for Tomorrow), as well as fish from the Genoa Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin (USFWS). These fish are now being planted in four Saginaw River Watershed tributaries: Shiawassee, Cass, Flint and Tittabawassee Rivers. In addition to the plantings, we host public events to engage citizens in this remarkable effort to return the Lake Sturgeon to its native habitat. Come to one of these events and participate in the release of these amazing fish.
Sturgeon in the Classroom
The Saginaw Bay Sturgeon Restoration program has partnered with Sturgeon for Tomorrow - Black Lake Chapter to particpate in the Michigan Sturgeon-in-the-Classroom program. Currently, three Saginaw Bay Watershed schools are hosting sturgeon for the school year that will be released into local rivers in the spring. These schools are St. Lorenz Church School in Frankenmuth, Western Middle School in Auburn, and White-Pine Middle School in Saginaw Township. We are planning to add additional schools to the program as interest and funding allows.
Sturgeon Hatchery Support
Raising sturgeon is expensive. We work with community groups, individuals, corporate partners and more to raise funds to help offset the cost of rearing the fish at the hatcheries. In addition, gifts to the program help support equipment for the hatcheries, hardware and educational materials for the Sturgeon-in-the-Classroom schools, and sturgeon food for the hatcheries and schools.