Since 2018, the Toledo Zoo, along
with partners, has taken part in a rearing and release program
for the local, threatened Lake sturgeon that has successfully
released nearly 6,000 fish into the Maumee River. The goal is to
rear the fish in Maumee River water from a young age and
capitalize on the homing ability of the species, in hopes that
they will return to the waterway to spawn at adulthood in
approximately 15 years.
The third annual Sturgeon Fest is
this Sat., Oct. 2, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the City of
Toledo boat launch (near Walbridge Park) located at 2700
Broadway St. Learn more about this program, chat with partners
like the Ohio Division of Wildlife and tag a sturgeon of your
This event is free and open to
the public. Attendees can release one Lake sturgeon per person
for free on one of our Sturgeon slides! Enjoy food trucks, live
music and kid-friendly activities. There might even be a few
Sturgeon races! If you'd like to receive updates on your
released fish (if the fish is recaptured) you can sponsor one
for $25 in advance or $30 day of the event.
Please note: parking will be
available at Broadway lot (first come, first serve) and there
will be no admission to the Zoo at the Broadway gates.