Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Branson

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#1 of 20 in Wildlife in Missouri
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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  • the walk thru welcome center was very interesting. It was fun to see the fish up close and learn the differences amoung them. The outside fish tanks contained fish at various sizes. You could buy food...  more »
  • We took the granddaughters here and they enjoyed seeing all the fish and exploring all the tanks. Both educational and fun.  more »
  • My husband and I enjoyed many activities on our trip to Branson, but this was a nice surprise. I guess it's true that as you get older (late 40's) you enjoy the simpler things in life, kind of like a ...  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. ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜  Rant over.
  • We love this place so much! We learn a lot of things about fishes here. It is really a nice place for family time. And it's totally free! Awesome!!!
  • This was an awesome FREE treasure in an overpriced Branson. My kids ages 10, we, and 12 all thoroughly enjoyed both the informational museum area and video as well as feeding the fish. We highly recommend for an hour long fun free activity! Bring a few quarters to feed the trout!
  • Awesome facility, very kid friendly. Boys loved feeding the fish. The guide was very interesting and informative... kept our interest. We will return.
  • Great time for young and old, informative tour. Kids can feed the fish, just have quarters. Free tour and visit, only cost is the quarters you use to feed the fish.

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