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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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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 July 12, 2016
Gilbert, AZ
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Philip, South Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank David B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Leslie B
Scottsdale, Arizona
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718 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Curtez151
Gilbert, AZ
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank martyissupa
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 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

Thank Stephanie W
Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 

Thank Marlene H
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 

Thank plochez
Maui, Hawaii
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

Thank Dennis L
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!

Thank kdkb
Mesa, Arizona, United States
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank Dr_C0981

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