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“The most fun you can have for a Quarter”

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Ranked #10 of 171 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you don't get to a fish hatchery very often, the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is a good stop off the beaten path of Branson, but still very close. There are a few attractions slightly away from the downtown areas and this is one of our favorite side visits and we try to visit the fish every few years.

It is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation and is adjacent to the equally interesting Table Rock Dam. The hatchery is a well staffed, well organized location with a visitor center, hatchery film (20 minutes), and is adjacent to Lake Taneycomo and great picnic or fishing areas.

After the Visitor Center, go out and visit the fish. You will see some of the largest rainbow trout in the world and you can invest a whopping $,25 in one of several vending machines and feed the fish with pellets that will make them thrash for the privleage of meeting you. We like to visit all of the different tanks with the different fish sizes in various stages of development. It is almost as much fun watching the three and four years olds feeding the fish!

It was early evening (not yet sunset) when we were heading back the frontage road for the main highway when we drove up near some deer feeding. We stopped a few minutes and enjoyed watching them as they enjoyed the grass and watched us. It is kind of a nice diversion to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shows and motels in Branson and visit some of the natural side of life on the outskirts of Branson. Nearby, keep in mind the Branson Family Fun Factory (separate review) and the Table Rock Dam.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

I'm normally not big on anything outdoors. But the hatchery was incredibly interesting. My husband and I spend hours feeding all the little fish (and the big fish too lol), wandering the grounds and enjoying the inside animals and information.

It's a MUST see for anyone who goes to Branson.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Hubby and I visited while on our honeymoon. He is really into fishing, while I was not sure I'd like it. I really enjoyed our visit. The video told about the history of the hatchery, and how the fish are produced. It was followed by a nice question and answer session by one of the hatchery staff.
After the video and the Q & A we got to go feed the fish. They sure have some whoppers, that love to eat.
We both enjoyed feeding the fish and the presentation.

Thank Cygnet_Flying
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

This hatchery was so much bigger and cooler than I ever imagined when the men said they wanted to go there. I highly recommend visiting while your in Branson. Its free and they have so much to see and at the end is a building that has a lot of the wild animals for the kids to see. We liked it a lot !

1  Thank Donna J
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Great place to visit no matrter what your age is. having a background as a Science Teacher its amazing to see the number of Trout they have in the various pools. Each pool contains Trout of similar size going from Fingerlings to the Bigguns!! Put a quarter in the fish food machine and pick a pool, throw some food in and watch the Trout Go Crazy Folks - Go Crazy Folks! That line was borrowed from Jack Buck long time St. Louis Cardinal Announcer. If you got the time i would plan this stop especially if you have young kids. The State of Missouri Conserevation Department does an Excellent job finding friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated workers to make your visit a memorable one.

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