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Northern Lake Huron is rich in Great Lakes fisheries heritage and tradition, from historic commercial to current day recreational fisheries, offering value for communities and visitors alike.

Diversity of fish and fishing experiences along Lake Huron’s sunrise side offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors and communities of northeast Michigan. Photo credit: Brandon Schroeder

The coastal Lake Huron communities of northeast Michigan are rich in Great Lakes fish and fishing, heritage and traditions. These Lake Huron fisheries (both fish and people fishing) reflect a way of life for local communities and contribute to sustainable coastal tourism development opportunities as much today as they have in the past.

diversity of fish—some 115 species—inhabit the waters of Lake Huron providing a wealth of food, fun, ecological and economic values. Anglers enjoy equally diverse recreational fishing opportunities from offshore salmonsteelhead and lake trout to more near shore walleyeperchpike and bass—among many other species to be caught. Lake Huron also provides the largest catch of lake whitefish, a popular food fish, accounting for approximately half of all whitefish commercially harvested across the Great Lakes. These dynamic and ever-changing Lake Huron fisheries provide many values and benefits across coastal communities of northeast Michigan.

A visit to northeast Michigan offers a chance to explore these Great Lakes fisheries heritage experiences. The US 23 Heritage Route  promotes coastal tourism opportunities across northeast Michigan and northern Lake Huron. This collection connects fisheries heritage information and opportunities as part of the coastal tourism landscape in this region. 

Visiting coastal northeast Michigan? Plan your trip by visiting the U.S. 23 Huron Shores Heritage Route website at http://www.us23heritageroute.org/.

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Big Stone Bay Fishery (Click to show on map) Info
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse (Click to show on map) Info
Gauthier & Spaulding Fisheries, Inc. (Click to show on map)
Every fish Gauthier & Spaulding catch and process reflects a hundred years of experience.
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Lixey Fish Market (Click to show on map) Info
Trout Scout V Sportfishing Charters (Click to show on map)
Fishing charters on the waters of Lake Huron in Alpena, Presque Isle, and Rogers City, Michigan and the beautiful Thunder Bay. Fish for Brown trout, Chinook, King, salmon, Lake trout and walleye. Fishing since 1968,and chartering for nearly 50years, Capt.
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Hammond Bay State Refuge Harbor (Click to show on map) Info
Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree (Click to show on map)
Annual winter festival centered around Lake Sturgeon fishery on Black Lake.
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Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinac State Historic Parks (Click to show on map)
State Historic park where you can explore local Straits area fisheries history exhibits.
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Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island (Click to show on map)
Fort Mackinac (1781-1895) on Mackinac Island features a fisheries history exhibit related to the fishing and the fishing industry of the Straits area.
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Michigan Brown Trout Festival (Click to show on map) Info
Perchville USA (Click to show on map) Info
Spring Sucker Fishing Festival (Click to show on map) Info
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan (Click to show on map) Info
Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum (Click to show on map) Info
NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Visitor's Center (Click to show on map) Info
NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (Click to show on map) Info
Michigan Sea Grant Extension Office, Northeast Michigan (Click to show on map) Info
Michigan Sea Grant Extension Office, Saginaw Bay Region (Click to show on map) Info
Cedarbrook Trout Farm (Click to show on map) Info
Charity Island Dinner Cruise (Click to show on map) Info
Big Charity Island, Charity Island Dinner Cruise (Click to show on map)
Enjoy a Lake Huron cruise aboard a historic fishing vessel paired with a Great Lakes fish dinner experience on Charity Island.
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Black Lake Sturgeon Stream Side Research and Rearing Facility (Click to show on map) Info
DNR Alpena Fisheries Research Station (Click to show on map) Info
Hammond Bay Biological Station (Click to show on map) Info
USFWS Alpena Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (Click to show on map) Info
Bell's Fishery (Click to show on map) Info
Rochefort's Fishery (Click to show on map) Info
Harrisville Harbor (Click to show on map) Info
More Information
Facility Brochure, Sturgeon Science and Research
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Michigan State University Extension (Michigan Sea Grant) online news brief
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Book documenting history of commercial fishing on Thunder Bay, northern Lake Huron areas from Black River to Rockport
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Exhibit Interpretive Panel Sign
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Affiliated Organization: Michigan Sea Grant