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The first major project of the Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery is to raise funds to construct a new restroom/ interpretive center at the hatchery.
Artist's Sketch of Proposed Restroom/Interpretive Center
The current restroom facilities at the site were constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are no longer able to meet the increased visitor demand at the hatchery brought on by the completion of the Trout Run Trail to the hatchery and the increased popularity of the bald eagle nest near the hatchery. The current restrooms are not universally accessible and are difficult for some to access.
Existing Restrooms at the Decorah Fish Hatchery
While the historic restroom building will remain in its present location, a new restroom/interpretive center is being planned near the hatchery prairie. The new restroom facility will provide a vast improvement for visitors in terms of comfort, accessibility and services and will also tie in numerous interpretive and educational aspects to enhance the visitor's appreciation and understanding of the Decorah Fish Hatchery, the now famous "Decorah Eagles" and the unique and wondrous natural resources of Northeast Iowa.
Future projects also include increasing the number of fish food dispensers along the raceways at the hatchery, stream habitat improvements in connection with the hatchery's mission and improving the educational and interpretive tools available at the hatchery.
Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery and the Raptor Resource Project