MENOMINEE — On Sept. 12, the public is invited to register to tour the recently completed sturgeon passage facility at the Menominee Dam, 910 26th St. Two tours, one from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and one from 6 to 7:30, will be offered to allow attendees to see how Lake Michigan’s sturgeon population can now navigate around two hydroelectric dams on the Menominee River to spawn and raise their young.

One of the most significant fish restoration projects in the Upper Midwest, the Menominee and Park Mill dams (owned and operated by Eagle Creek Renewable Energy), have been retrofitted to allow sturgeon to move upstream and downstream around the dams. The tours will include the chance to witness firsthand the elevator inside the dam’s powerhouse that lifts fish up into the sorting facility and the process for moving selected sturgeon upstream, as well as the downstream “fish waterslide” bypass. Tours will also include an overview and pictures of the entire project.

Nearly $6 million of funding for this project came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Significant funding was also provided by Eagle Creek and the Fund for Lake Michigan. The project was built because of the cooperation and assistance of many organizations, including Wisconsin DNR, Michigan DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and River Alliance of Wisconsin.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied and closely monitored by an adult.

People may register online at