MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it is hosting an open house Aug. 6 to celebrate 75 years of operation at the Northern Highland Fishery Research Area (NHFRA) near Boulder Junction.

The open house will offer guests a variety of activities, including interactive demonstrations of the equipment and fishing techniques that staff use to collect data. Staff will also be available to talk about their ongoing research on the lakes.

Staff and collaborators at the UW-Madison Trout Lake Station will give two tours of the lakes shortly after the demonstrations begin. The first tour is a guided hike around part of Escanaba and Pallette lakes, where participants can learn the history of both lakes. The second tour will give more information about the study’s two bog lakes, Mystery and Spruce lakes.

Event Schedule:

  • 1 – 1:20 p.m. Formal address
  • 1:30 – 4 p.m. Demonstrations of equipment and research techniques by project staff
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m. Guided hike (2 miles round-trip) around Escanaba and Pallette Lakes
  • 3 – 4 p.m. Bog Lake tour of Mystery and Spruce Lakes

About The NHFRA
The NHFRA is one of the longest-running fisheries research projects by the DNR and serves as an umbrella project for multiple fisheries research initiatives. These projects collectively have contributed much over the years to our understanding of how fish communities respond to fishing regulations, environmental change and angler practices.

More information about the NHFRA is available on the Fisheries Research page of the OAS website and can also be found in the summer edition of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. The DNR’s Off the Record: Wild Wisconsin podcast recently featured the NHFRA in their June 16 episode as well.

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