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“Bringing us closer to nature! ”

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Ranked #27 of 175 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We visited Branson for MLK weekend.

On the drive down from St. Louis I had a few minutes and caught up on a few emails. One of the emails was from MDC / the Missouri Department of Conservation, who was notifying the public that they were about to start displaying a two-headed snake that had recently been found near Branson.

So I set a reminder to call the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery office first thing in the morning. They did confirm that the snake was indeed just that morning set on display and that they would be open.

So we set plans for a short visit.
We saw the snake and stayed a while longer.

We had visited before, so we were familiar with the trout outside, growing from little trout to big ones ready to be released and possibly caught by our hooks.

So we spent our time inside.

Besides getting up close to the snake in its terrarium (right term, I hope), ew saw some of the location’s other awesome animals, including:
- Trout and bass in a big aquarium
- Several kinds of turtles / tortoises
- One turtle whose shell was hourglass shaped, presumably from him getting stuck inside a six-pack’s plastic strap (reminder to always cut those up before recycling so there are no “closed circles” that could catch on anything
- Some snakes
- Stuffed birds

One the way back to the car we saw several Cardinal birds in a tree - more than we had ever seen before.

We recommend a visit... more than one as you’ll want to learn and re-learn on later trips.

Thank you, MDC, for the great facility and for providing us trout to fish!

Thank Michael V
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is free and great for adults and kids. You get to see the trout at different stages of life. The kids love to feed them and they learn about trout and how the lakes are restocked. The view of the dam is amazing and if you are there when the locks are open you can experience the power of the water. A great place to stop and spend some time with nature.

Thank Rick A
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was a good way to spend a couple of hours - recommend you watch the video (you have to ask) which is quite informative. Kids really enjoyed this visit - best of all - FREE!

Thank LoveMyFamily6
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

My Anticipation was low, but we all really enjoyed this visit. We all got to pet a snake and see the fish. Free parking and friendly staff. Kids were ages 2,7,10,11. Nice place to stop by after lunch and walk around to stretch your legs

Thank Manley B
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The hatchery is a free exhibit at the bottom of the table rock dam. You can see the various stages of farming trout to be placed in the lake for fishing enthusiasts. There is a short informative film as well as a small wildlife exhibit and you can then walk around the various ponds and feed the fish (for a quarter). If you haven't been to a hatchery before, its an interesting and informative experience well worth a visit.

Thank David A
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