Besadny Anadromous Fishery Facility
The Besadny Fish Facility is swimming with activity!
Recently, around 14,000 muskie fry were stocked into one of the earthen ponds at the Dana Farm. About 2 million newly hatched sucker fry were also placed into the pond for the muskies to feed on. Both species of fish were hatched in jars located inside the small brown building at the Dana Farm site.
The DNR staff is also raising lake sturgeon again this year in the small trailer (Streamside Rearing Facility, SRF) next to the collection ponds at BAFF. They have recently made the big leap from eating brine shrimp to eating chopped blood worms. Mmmm, Yummy!! Theyâ€™re growing very quickly and it wonâ€™t be too long before they are ready to be released into the Kewaunee River in an attempt to reintroduce lake sturgeon to the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan.
About the Besadny Anadromous Fishery Facility
For an everlasting educational experience, go to the Besadny Anadromous Fishery Facility because the possibilities are endless. You can explore the prairie gardens, walk the nature trails, learn about fish biology and much more. At the facility they promote education with guided tours, handouts and permanent color signage.
Designed for public observations, the facility shows what transpires during the salmon and trout spawning migrations and the egg collecting process. Since the BAFF is open to the public for viewing every day of the year during daylight hours, there are blue spray painted fish on the walkways that encourage a self guided tour. These blue painted fish lead people along the route that the fish take upon entering the facility grounds near the dam, along the bypass channel, to the underwater viewing windows, up the fish ladder to the 6 holding ponds and into the lobby area where they can watch the spawning crew work, through the large viewing windows.
The tour starts at the recycled plastic lumber deck overlooking the low head dam and ends in the lobby area in the red brick spawning building. Although the BAFF is open year round, fish are not always present; therefore, look below for general spawning migration periods. The BAFF is wheelchair accessible; there are restrooms and a water fountain in the building. Visitors may rent the small building located close to the facility for formal or informal classroom discussions or meetings.
The Besadny Anadromous Fishery Facility is located just outside of Kewaunee on CR-F at N2884 Ransom Moore Lane. To learn more about the park grounds facilities or to rent a shelter, call Kewaunee Parks and Recreation at (920) 388-0444. If you are interested in a guided tour or watching the egg collection process contact Mike Baumgartner the Besadny Facility Manager at (920) 388-1025.
About 1,500-2,000 fish come through the system each year.Â The WDNR stock approximately 4.7 million trout and salmon into Lake Michigan tributaries including: the Kewaunee and Root Rivers.