Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Branson

Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Learn about trout culture, fishing, and conservation at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. The trout-rearing facility includes a conservation center, as well as a network of paths for hiking, viewing wildlife, and access to fishing areas. The hatchery raises between 350,000 and 400,000 rainbow and brown trout each year. Examine the species on display in aquariums, catch an informative film in the auditorium, and learn more about the process of spawning and egg development in the conservation center. You can feed the fish by purchasing fish food from a machine, so come prepared with quarters. Guided tours are available daily during peak season. Using our online itinerary creator, Branson attractions like Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Took my wife along with me to see the Fish Hatchery. It was fun watching the little fish go after the food pellets thrown into the water. Learned a lot about raising the fish for the outdoorsman.  more »
  • This was an interesting place to visit. The kids enjoyed feeding the fish and seeing the animals. Bring quarters and a plastic cup for the fish food!  more »
  • Is a very interesting outdoor event. Family and it is family friendly. The jeep ride is also fine as well´┐╝. The price is not to much  more »
  • Large trout hatchery that's free and open to the public. They have an impressive operation here. You can walk it freely or take a guided tour going on every hour or so. The guides we had were all very knowledgeable. There are indoor exhibits and a small theater playing a short 8 minute video on request. Bring some quarters so you can buy fish food to feed the fish.
  • If you love to learn about fish or just love interesting places to visit this is one. The tour is very detailed and interesting. The kids and adults alike enjoyed all the fish from the tiny to the large. I would have loved to experience the harvesting of eggs, but it wasn't an option that day. Not really sure if it ever is. Great place!
  • This place is so cool! Free to just walk in, learn about animals, watch a short movie about the trout breeding process, and feed the fish! They have more than just trout--spiders, snakes, turtles, skinks and lizards, frogs and salamanders, and conservationists there to answer all your questions.
  • This was the second time I was able to take my family here and it was better this time than I remember. Best part is its free (unless you wish to purchase fish food to feed the hatchery trout). There are other animals and fish to see other than trout (snakes, turtles, etc) but the trout they do have are beautiful (in my opinion) and HUGE! Bottom line is I HIGHLY recommend!
  • This place is proof to us that the best things in life are free... we learned a lot and enjoyed the views of the fish and dam.

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