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Address: 3898 Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541
Phone Number: (928) 474-7900
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Great for kids!

A fun place to take the kids for an hour or so. Lot's of stocking fish to view and if you're lucky enough to get there when they feed the fish, the water bubbles. There is an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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Payson, Arizona
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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The map on trip advisor is not accurate - we drove back and forth several times searching down this street to no avail. We never made the hatchery in the end since there is no reception in the mountains to google search it , when eventually I got reception we were 17 miles out in the wrong direction - trip... More 

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Edgewater, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the family here one day during out trip to Payson. It was like a ghost town when we got there no other people could be seen. We walked into the dark information office and turned on the lights and looked around a little. My daughter wanted to feel the fish but we couldn't find a soul around to help... More 

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Thank Hotelwho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

The staff members were very nice and very informative with the children . Good place to take the kids to show them how fish grow and develop. The most enjoyable part for the kids was feeding the fish.

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Thank Henry G
Payson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

A fun place to take the kids for an hour or so. Lot's of stocking fish to view and if you're lucky enough to get there when they feed the fish, the water bubbles. There is an exhibition building with information about how the fish are raised and the different critters in the State. You may see birds of prey... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I went to the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery expecting employees full of excitement and information about the gorgeous trout they stock to lakes around the area (Mogollan Rim, Tonto Creek, Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, etc., etc.). I had just bought my first ever fishing license and thought this would be a great place to start in order to get... More 

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Thank Melanie H
Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

What a fun way to spend time on a beautiful afternoon. The educational experience was very satisfying. And the fish WOW! They are enormous !

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Thank Cheermom678
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

There was not a lot to see here but none the less interesting. Wish we could have done some fishing nearby. We saw some large trout in the stream area near the parking lot.

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Thank Mary R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

It's a good place to let kids see how fish are raised and released, but there are not a lot of other activities for adults. The road leading up to the hatchery from highway 260 does have a few pull-off places where you can walk down to the creek or have a picnic lunch.

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Thank eddydctx
Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

My son always wondered how the fish got into the streams and rivers. Taking him here answered every question he ever had about that topic! The rangers there are SO patient and helpful, they answered all of his questions, regardless of how many times he asked the same ones. It is a really great place to stop over and spend... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My 6 year old grandson, really enjoyed his visit to the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery! My husband and I also found it to be interesting.

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