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.
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Reviews
Visited this on year end trip to Branson. Fascinating to see the process used to replenish the population of several trout species. The feeding frenzy was a thrashing roil of water! The video... more »
We visited Branson in December and of course we came back to the hatchery. This time we got to see the truck feeding the fish in bulk - imagine a snowblower shooting pellets out of a pipe. The kids.... 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!
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