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Area Information

  • 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.


  • September - June: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed all state holidays.


  • See View Map in the Address Information block on the right of this page.

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 from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • 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
  • Wildlife-viewing blind and tower
  • 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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