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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Branson

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Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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. For Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and beyond, use our Branson trip builder to get the most from your Branson vacation.
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  • It fun to feed the trout and watch them roll in the water. It's a great place for all ages. .25 gets you handful of fish food  more »
  • We all enjoyed the hatchery and tour. Interesting for the entire family. Loved feeding the fish and found it all worth a visit.  more »
  • We learned things we never knew about fish while touring this hatchery. The guide showed us a brief movie and answered our questions. The kids will love it as it is a little gross! It was fun and info...  more »
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  • I have been coming to this hatchery since I was a kid. I was excited to bring my two year old son here to see the fish. Everything was great, we had just gotten there and were walking around the inside of the building looking at all of the animals they have inside. My son, as I said is TWO YEARS OLD. Just turned two actually. Anyways, as we were looking at the snakes, I was telling him "snakes will bite you, don't pick up snakes." (We live in the country and frequently see copperheads) I am trying to instill in him that we do not under any circumstances pick up snakes. Especially since he is not old enough at this point to know the difference between venomous and non venomous. This guy, who works at the hatchery comes out of the back room and is like..."whoa, whoa, why are you teaching children that snakes are bad"?? So I say, "we frequently see copperheads and I don't want him picking them up". He proceeds to say "don't teach him snakes are bad, snakes don't want to hurt us. They are harmless if they are left alone". I said, "okay, thank you. " trying to end the conversation. He keeps on!! I said. "Well, he is only two, he doesn't understand that yet." He says "you aren't giving him enough credit" says TO MY son "snakes aren't bad, they won't hurt you if you don't mess with them. See mom, it's that simple." I left here infuriated. I am very mild tempered but felt it was completely out of line for him to interrupt the way I have chosen to parent my child in this area. Especially in a public place. Uncalled for. You know what?? Obviously he doesn't have a two year old that picks up every critter that moves. Because if he did, he would not argue with me about it at all. Anyone that's had a child understands this. I don't want my son to get bitten because of me giving a big line about how snakes aren't bad, blah blah. Yeah, tell him that when they are trying to save his life from trying to touch the sweet things. 😖😠 Rant over.
  • My family and I loved the fish hatcher. Make sure you watch the short movie because it tells you everything you need to know about the hatchery. Kids and adults can feed the fish.
  • Great place for families on a budget. Kids enjoyed the display and feeding the fish.
  • Great place to bring the kiddos. They loved feeding them
  • Great place to spend about and hour and only spend a few quarters. Our kids really enjoyed feeding the fish and seeing the trout in all the different sizes. Also a great place too get a closer look at the dam.