Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery


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About Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

More than 250,000 people per year visit the state’s most popular and extensive fish breeding program at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson.

For more than 55 years, visitors have been stopping by to witness the Missouri Department of Conservation’s fish hatchery that sits along the banks of Lake Taneycomo and at the base of Table Rock Lake on 80+ acres of the 200+ that the Department oversees.  The fish hatchery is home to one of the most extensive trout-raising programs of its kind and is one of the reasons that Lake Taneycomo has become world-famous for its brown trout and rainbow trout fishing – claimed to be some of the best in the world.

Watch the entire trout-raising process

Operating year-round, the facility raises and releases in to the lake more than 1 million trout – weighing in at nearly 151 tons!  Every step of the fish’s life cycle takes place on-site: incubation tanks start the process by preparing the eggs; once they have matured they are moved to one of a dozen raceways; and finally the now-releasable fish are finished raising in one of twenty adult raceways or one of three ponds located on hatchery grounds.

Other educational opportunities

Situated on the property are several buildings where visitors can learn more about the wildlife and fish found in Missouri and the Ozarks, while also presenting more animals and aquariums that visitors can view.

Hiking Trails, Fishing, and Boat Ramp

In addition to all of the animals available for viewing, you have the opportunity to take in a variety of other activities while you are there.  Fish from the shoreline of Lake Taneycomo (with year-round trout fishing), launch your boat from the ramp, or go hike one of the trails on the hatchery’s grounds.

Guided Hatchery Tours

While open to the public every day, there are optional guided tours that will give you a more informational and educational experience of the hatchery.

Weekday guided tours: 10:00 am; 11:00 am; 1:00 pm; and 2:00 pm

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery: 483 Hatchery Road, Branson, MO 65616 Back To Top

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3 Comments & Reviews


  1. christy says:

    We went here during our vacation and it was very neat to see thousands of trout. Some of them are huge. We have actually stopped by twice, but the second time they were closing when we arrived. We walked down near the river and took some amazing pictures. There were people fly fishing in the river.

  2. TERESA says:

    WE TAKE OUR GRANDKIDS HERE EVERY YEAR TO FEED THE FISH / THIS IS ONE OF THEIR MOST FAVORITE THINGS TO DO / THEY LOVE IT

  3. Eric V. says:

    I took my family here last summer because we were traveling on a tight budget and it was a cheap way to kill some time, but the kids really enjoyed it!

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Travel Tip: Branson attractions are very popular, call now to book!
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