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Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

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Address: 3898 N Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541-9225
Phone Number: (928) 474-7900
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Science and history for all!

Been coming here with kids and grandkid for over 30 years. I studied icthyology (branch of zoology) in graduate school and learned a lot from talking to the resident biologists... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
DrSueWolf
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Payson, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I didn't even know this existed until I looked up top attractions in Payson on TripAdvisor. Many tanks that kids could up to and look in.

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Bullhead City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I took our grandson, he had a great time. It's educational in the way of showing them the stages of life.

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Thank Boodah58
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are birdwatchers, and have learned that state fish hatcheries tend to be great places for birdwatching. The Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery was a great place to see some new species in a scenic setting. We enjoyed looking at the different sizes of trout, too, and perusing the exhibits in the Visitor's Center. Many families were having a fun Saturday... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been coming here with kids and grandkid for over 30 years. I studied icthyology (branch of zoology) in graduate school and learned a lot from talking to the resident biologists. But their information is just as valuable (if not more) to youth today. Interns and staff are always willing to share information and the hatchery has so much to offer.... More 

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We went to Payson to beat the heat of Phoenix for the day and stumbled across the hatchery so we decided to take a look around. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the area around the hatchery was. There were spots along the stream near the waterfalls to have a picnic or just sit and enjoy nature. The hatchery... More 

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Woodland Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We always check out any hatchery we pass when traveling. This one had many tanks that the kids could go right up to and watch. There is a pond area where you can feed some of the fish, and a nice area next to the creek as well.

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Philip, South Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

The drive in to the fish hatchery is very nice. The hatchery is cool but no one available to answer questions, at lest while we were there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Love taking visitors to this Fish Hatchery. So neat to see the fish, trout I believe, in different stages of life before be released.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Waste of my time to look at farm raised fish in a tank. I simply do not understand the idea behind the entire operation, and question those who fund such a site. All the fish here, are being placed in non-native places, such as all of the man-made dams and lakes. There is a tremendous amount of resources being poured... More 

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Gilbert, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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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