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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Branson

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#1 of 60 in Wildlife in Missouri
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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Learn about trout culture, fishing, and conservation at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. The trout-rearing facility includes a conservation center, as well as a network of paths for hiking, viewing wildlife, and access to fishing areas. The hatchery raises between 350,000 and 400,000 rainbow and brown trout each year. Examine the species on display in aquariums, catch an informative film in the auditorium, and learn more about the process of spawning and egg development in the conservation center. You can feed the fish by purchasing fish food from a machine, so come prepared with quarters. Guided tours are available daily during peak season. Using our online itinerary creator, Branson attractions like Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Stopped by on the recommendation from a coworker. Was a nice little side trip that didn't take much time and the kids enjoyed it. There was a short educational video and a large aquarium window for....  more
    Stopped by on the recommendation from a coworker. Was a nice little side trip that didn't take much time and the kids enjoyed it. There was a short educational video and a large aquarium window for....  more »
  • This a very educational free excursion that I would highly recommend. There is an eight minute video that I suggest to watch before so you can learn the process and inner workings of the hatchery... 
    This a very educational free excursion that I would highly recommend. There is an eight minute video that I suggest to watch before so you can learn the process and inner workings of the hatchery...  more »
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  • It’s a cool place to visit. You can feed the fish here ( don’t forget to take quarter dollar with you or you can get it from reception). Seeing dam was so cool. There are few live snakes. Kids would enjoy. It is always interesting to study about wild animals.
  • Five minutes down the road from the Table Rock Dam/Dewey Short Visitor Center is the fish hatchery where Missouri Fish & Wildlife raises brown and rainbow trout—which aren’t native to Missouri--to stock Missouri’s lakes and streams. They opened in 1958 and can raise up to 800,000 trout each year, then release them when they reach 12 inches in approximately 15-18 months. They have tours every hour on the weekdays, but the 8-minute video there is informative, too. You can feed the fish there and watch thousands of them go crazy when you do. There are signs and employees to give lots of interesting facts throughout the hatchery. They also have several amphibians and reptiles there, including a two-headed Western Rat Snake! Plan to spend at least an hour there.

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