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Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

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Address: 3898 Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541
Phone Number: (928) 474-7900
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A fun little excursion

We took a little side trip to the hatchery after hiking in the Payson/Christopher Creek area with my 10 year old son and husband. It was interesting for all of us, not just the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
martyissupa
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Gilbert, AZ
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Gilbert, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a little side trip to the hatchery after hiking in the Payson/Christopher Creek area with my 10 year old son and husband. It was interesting for all of us, not just the "young un". The staff was on hand to answer questions and we did feed the fish. I used this outing later for some homeschool creative writing... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are many other things worth your time up there. Fish in tanks aren't worth it. My 5 and 4 year old weren't impressed

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Thank Stephanie W
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The fish hatchery is a repository for fish of various sizes that they are preparing for release into Arizona streams and ponds. Kids love seeing the thousands of fish up close. Hilly climb to the hatchery and visitor center. Visitor center is pretty limited and the entire visit will only take 15- 20 minutes. The nearby stream makes for beautiful... More 

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Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We had arrived just at closing time but were able to visit the actual fish hatcheries outside. You can check out all sizes, from the small fingerlings all the way to some giant trophy trout of different varieties (rainbow, brown, etc) that the hatchery keeps out for the public to drool over. An anglers wet dream, sort of speak. This... More 

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Maui, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I would give the hatchery on a rating of three but there are some nice waterfalls below the parking lot for the hatchery. The problem with hatchery is that all of the tanks are shaded and water was murky. They say that they release fish at 3 or 9 inches. The smaller ones for the future and the larger ones... More 

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Overgaard, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

It was neat seeing how the fish are raised before being released in the lakes. Saw some pretty big ones!

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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

A bunch of tanks with fish in it... still no clue what I was looking at. There wasn't any people here to explain anything.

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Payson, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Not much to see. The best thing to do in this area is hit one of the hiking trails. There are pull offs when you get closer to the hatchery, and from there hike down to the creek. East side of road. Waterfalls and nature.

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Thank Terry K
Sun City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We were visiting Payson for a couple of days and decided to take another look at the Tonto fish hatchery. The drive in is nice as you follow the creek. We got there at 3:40 not knowing they closed at 3:30. A couple of guys were setting up a barrier at the entrance to the parking lot but allowed up... More 

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

The tanks were super clean. I was a bit concerned that they were kind of crowded but other than that I was very impressed with how well the tanks were maintained. There is a little information building at the very end of all the tanks. Interesting information.

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