Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

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Things to do when you visit: 
  • Fishing
    • Trout
  • Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Trails
    • Hiking

About this Area

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout-rearing facility operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. It is located six miles southwest of Branson on Highway 165 just below Table Rock Dam. The hatchery produces between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds of trout each year. Both rainbow and brown trout are raised at the hatchery with 80 percent of production going into Lake Taneycomo. The remainder of the fish is stocked into other Missouri trout management areas. Construction of the hatchery began in 1957 and production of trout in 1958 with the completion of Table Rock Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This dam created a large, deep lake that varies in water temperature from surface to bottom. The water near the bottom stays cool, averaging 48 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. During hydroelectric generation, this cold water is released into Lake Taneycomo. Although the cold water release caused the loss of the native warm-water fishery, it created the ideal environment for trout, a fish that thrives at lower water temperatures.    

The hatchery includes a free conservation center, where the public can learn more about trout culture, aquatic life, fishing and the Missouri Department of Conservation's role in aquatic resource management. Its hours are: September through May: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Open Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and all state holidays. June, July, August: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open seven (7) days a week. Closed all state holidays.  For a list of state holidays go to -  https://oa.mo.gov/commissioner/state-holidays

Trails are available near the hatchery for hiking and wildlife viewing. They also provide fishing access to Lake Taneycomo.

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Building Hours
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Directions
From Branson, take Highway 165 southwest 6 miles to the hatchery near Table Rock Dam.
For more information call:
(417) 334-4865
Area Regulations

Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery trout pens

Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery trout pens
Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery trout pens

Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery fish ladder

Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery fish ladder
Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery fish ladder