Lost Valley Fish Hatchery

The Lost Valley Visitor Center is temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. The Kids Fishing Pond is open for use from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. The pond is available to youths fishing who are 15 or younger. MDC staff will check out loaner fishing gear at the front door of the visitor center. All anglers using the pond must check in at the front door, even if they bring their own fishing gear. The check-in helps MDC keep the pond stocked for good fishing. A portable toilet will be placed outside the building. Families will need to bring their own drinking water, hand sanitizer and wipes.

About this Area

County
Benton
For more information call
(660) 438-4465
Total Acres
969.1

969 acres of land containing glades, prairies, and wooded areas (See Area Map for boundaries).

Small game, deer, and turkey hunting is only allowed on the east side of the entrance road and on the South side of Lost Valley Road. (See Area Regulations) Gate will close daily: Monday-Fri at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The gate will remain closed on Sunday.

An admission-free Visitor Center with views of hatchery production room and aquarium. Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m.- 11:30 am, and 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The Visitor Center is closed November, December, January, and February, and all state holidays.

Kids fishing pond free to ages 15 and under. Open only during Visitor Center hours.

Warm and cool water fish species reared in 77 production ponds.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Tours
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Turkey,
    • Squirrel,
    • Rabbit
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • Dove FieldDove Field

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Holidays
Veterans Day
11/11/2021
Closed
Labor Day
09/06/2021
Closed
Columbus Day
10/11/2021
Closed
Memorial Day
05/31/2021
Closed
Independence Day
07/04/2021
Closed
Washington's Birthday
02/21/2022
Closed
Truman Day
05/08/2021
Closed
Lincoln Day
02/12/2022
Closed
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/17/2022
Closed
New Years Day
01/01/2022
Closed
Thanksgiving Day
11/25/2021
Closed
Christmas Day
12/25/2021
Closed
Directions
From Warsaw at the Highway 65 Truman Dam exit, take Lost Valley Road east 0.75 mile.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

Lost Valley Hatchery exhibits

Children playing in Lost Valley Hatchery exhibits
Lost Valley Hatchery exhibits

Lost Valley Hatchery fishing

Children fishing at Lost Valley Hatchery
Lost Valley Hatchery fishing

Lost Valley Hatchery kids fishing-pond

Lost Valley Hatchery kids fishing-pond
Lost Valley Hatchery kids fishing-pond