- Natural Wonders, Tours Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is a trout-rearing facility operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Travelers can tour the hatchery, which produces between 350,000 to 400,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout annually. Fishing is also permitted. Visitors can also take a hike on one of four trails, pack a picnic to enjoy at the picnic tables and pavilions, and take a peek at the hatchery's nature center.
Families traveling with kids said they enjoyed feeding the fish, but they suggested future visitors bring quarters to pay for the fish food and a cup to collect the fish food. Others highly recommended making time to view the video in the visitors center and speak to the friendly and knowledgeable docents.
Located right next to Table Rock Lake – and just south of Table Rock Dam – the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is free to enjoy. It's open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September through June; from Memorial Day to Labor Day it closes at 6 p.m. For more information on the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, visit the website.
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