The first fish hatchery was started by Paul Helm, Clayton Wright and Allen Chambers.
The hatchery was started in a small building behind the rental house going down the hill towards the campsites. Brown trout were hatched and released in Landon and Whiteman Creeks. It was decided we needed a real up-to-date hatchery with more room, Paul Helm made things happen. In 1984 began the building of a new hatchery with volunteer help. At this time Paul was Vice President. Paul became ill and in 1984 passed away.
The official opening of the PAUL HELM MEMORIAL HATCHERY was held on May 9,1986.
Over the years, until 1999, thousands of young fingerlings have been released into the Whitemans Creek when we getting our eggs from the creek by electro-shocking. After 1999 when our eggs came from MNR locations and they were released into the Conestoga River and upper Grand River tailwater fisheries area.
Today a dedicated member and volunteer Jim Brown diligently takes care of the hatchery along with his brother Gord. Each year we receive around 10,000 eggs from the Ministry of Natural Resources and once raised the MNR determine the best locations in Ontario to place these fish to replenish dwindling species stocks. We are proud to be a partner in renewing the sport fishing stocks so that future anglers will enjoy the thrill of responsible sport fishing.
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