Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Additional Information

Area Information

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
483 Hatchery Road
Branson, MO 65616

Phone: 417-334-4865 x 0
Fax: 417-334-4996

  • Located in Taney County just below the Table Rock Dam, Shepherd of the Hills is the Department’s largest trout-rearing hatchery.
  • The hatchery produces between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout each year.
  • Eighty percent of production goes into Lake Taneycomo. The Department uses the remaining 20 percent to stock other Missouri trout-management areas.

Fun to see, do, and learn

Hatchery tours

  • Catch a guided hatchery tour 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. weekdays in June, July, and August.
  • Try a self-guided tour during the rest of the year.

Facility and exhibits

  • Staffed visitor center with exhibits and displays
  • 50-seat auditorium
  • Pavilion and picnic tables
  • Boat ramp with several fishing access points along Lake Taneycomo, where trout fishing is allowed year-round


  • Hike nearly 3 miles of trails (easy to moderate) through forests and glades.
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