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Old 06-01-2010, 09:43 AM   #1
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Talking Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery (Free Activity)

Have a free morning or afternoon? This is a very interesting and fun free activity to check out.



Located approximately 6 miles to the southwest of Branson, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout production facility in the Missouri Department of Conservation trout production program. Construction of Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery began in 1957 and the first trout were produced in 1958. The hatchery typically produces 1,125,000 catchable trout annually, weighing 301,000 pounds. Lake Taneycomo receives 700,000 catchable trout per year with 225,000 of these coming from Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Southwest Missouri. The remainder of the trout produced is stocked within other Missouri trout management areas. The primary role for this facility is the production of rainbow and brown trout to meet the Conservation Departments management requirements. This facility also plays an important role in supplying eggs and fingerlings for grow-out at other Conservation Department trout production facilities.

The Shepherd of the Hills hatchery complex occupies 211 acres of land with 84 acres being currently developed. The developed acres occupied by the hatchery include a Conservation Center that receives 250,000 visitors annually and provides a vast amount of information to the public with a focus on fisheries. Also included in the developed area is a hatchery building with various support buildings. The water supply to Shepherd of the Hills is obtained primarily from Table Rock Lake via gravity flow and is augmented by two wells and a raceway eductor driven, partial recirculation system.

This facility completes all trout production phases. Egg incubation and early rearing is completed in the hatchery building in jar type incubation units, and aluminum/fiberglass tanks. Twelve, outdoor concrete raceways are used for intermediate rearing, and final rearing is completed in twenty outdoor concrete raceways. Three earthen ponds are also used for fish production. Spawning and broodstock holding operations are accomplished in four separate raceways. Effluents generated from the rearing units are discharged into upper Lake Taneycomo through four permitted outfalls.

The close proximity of the hatchery to Branson Missouri attracts over 250,000 visitors to the site annually. The high visitor traffic and the large amount of trout production make this facility a very visible portion of the Missouri Department of Conservation trout production program.

Area Information

The area has a boat ramp and several fishing access points along Lake Taneycomo, where trout fishing is allowed year-round.

Please check for special area regulations.

Four hiking trails are also available for nature viewing. The Ozarks' forests and glades are home to a beautiful yet unusual diversity of plants and animals -- all here for you to enjoy at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

Area Hours:
September - June: 9 am - 5 pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9 am - 6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Directions:
The hatchery and conservation center are located on Highway 165 just south of Branson, below the dam at Table Rock Lake.
Tours:
Guided hatchery tours are provided at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the remainder of the year, self-guided tours are available.

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Conservation Center
483 Hatchery Road
Branson, MO 65616
Telephone: (417)334-4865

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Family Fishing Fair - June 12, 2010

Family Fishing Fair

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Saturday, June 12 2010
10am - 2pm

Be a part of Free Fishing Weekend by taking part in our annual Family Fishing Fair event at the Hatchery. In addition to being able to fish in a newly stocked pond, there will be several learning stations to learn how to tie flys, learn to cast, make your own fish print art, fish fillet & cooking, and basics of fishing. At 12 noon you will be entertained with a free show by the Fishin Magicians. We recommend that you bring your own pole, but there will be a few loaner poles to use as well. The event is free and does not require reservations. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0
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Thanks for the thread, Hollywood. We went to the fish hatchery last year for the first time and we enjoyed feeding the fish. We will be in Branson on the Saturday mentioned in the second post. I will have to tell my husband and son about the special going-ons. I wonder if there's a fishing Boy Scout merit badge and whether some of the activities would fit the requirements.
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Thanks for the thread, Hollywood. We went to the fish hatchery last year for the first time and we enjoyed feeding the fish. We will be in Branson on the Saturday mentioned in the second post. I will have to tell my husband and son about the special going-ons. I wonder if there's a fishing Boy Scout merit badge and whether some of the activities would fit the requirements.
There is a Boy Scout Fishing merit badge. I do not know if there will be any requirements at this function. I suggest you call the office and inquire and request some requirements be taught.
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There is a Boy Scout Fishing merit badge. I do not know if there will be any requirements at this function. I suggest you call the office and inquire and request some requirements be taught.
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I looked on the ScoutStuff.org website and there is a Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge. Hubby is off of work tomorrow - I will see if he will run by the Scout Shop tomorrow & pick up the merit badge pamphlet. Then I can call down to the fish hatchery & talk to them. Even if the event itself doesn't fulfill any requirements, maybe the conservation department folks can help the son with the badge requirements.
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