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At one time this was an operating fish hatchery that also included a wildlife exhibit attraction, a restaurant, a gift shop and more across the street. According to the marker, it originally opened in 1881 as the state's 2nd hatchery. The species were salmon and brown trout at the time. The fish were shipped by rail around the state.
In the mid 1930's, the WPA expanded the site to include many of the other attractions pictured in the promo materials I found. It operated until 1964 when it was closed by the DNR. Mecosta County Parks Commission took it over in 1973 and still operates it as a park as of 2022. The old gift shop pictured in the vintage post cards still stands across the street and is operating as an antique shop as of 2022.