Tucked behind heavy yellow excavation equipment and steep piles of sand near the intersection of highways 23 and 49, a long green building is home for Green Lake’s future generations.
No, it’s not a school, but there are schools: schools of fish.
It’s a facility for rearing lake trout. Thirty thousand of them.
Surrounded by worn chain link fences crowned with barbed wire, the Green Lake Sanitary District (GLSD) and its partners have operated this facility for a dozen years.
Like a school, the facility normally gets a break from housing fish in the summer. But no longer.
As GLSD administrator Charlie Marks informed tourists to the facility last week Saturday, 20,000 rainbow trout will follow their lake trout cousins, as well as walleye raised on site by the non-profit Walleyes For Tomorrow, to be reared by GLSD staff for the first time this summer.
“And now we’ll have fish activities going on literally 12 months a year,” Marks said.
Read more about the facility and its fishy occupants in the March 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.