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Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

#3 of 22 things to do in Payson Features Animals
3898 Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541-9225
+1 928-474-7900
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baby rainbow trout

This is a self guided tour of a state run fish hatchery. One can see the fish in various stages... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Robert H
Tucson, Arizona
Stretch your legs

This is a fun place to stretch your legs from your travels and see an interesting fish farm. Lots... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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3898 Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541-9225
+1 928-474-7900
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a self guided tour of a state run fish hatchery. One can see the fish in various stages depending on the tanks one sees and as you walk to the top of the hill there is a large indoor exhibit

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun place to stretch your legs from your travels and see an interesting fish farm. Lots of trout to see. Bring some quarters and watch the fish go crazy over food pellets.

Thank julieandjay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have NEVER seen a fish hatchery, then this may be worth a stop. However, we learned nothing new here and didn't stay long.

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting and well maintained site with explanation as to how and when fish are introduced into the streams.

Thank Lori C
Reviewed 7 July 2017

On days when even the "cool" weather of Payson tops 100, this is a nice family stop. Just 15 miles east of Payson on Rte 260, you'll find outdoor feeding pools and an indoor information center. For 25 cents you can feed the trout and...More

Thank mesatraveler
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We drove through the Hatchery on a day that was not open. We were able to see the ponds and get an idea of what the hatchery did. Hope to go back when it is open.

Thank SuzJim2014
Reviewed 28 June 2017

friendly worker answered our questions...loved looking at the tanks full of "sized" trout. Beautiful visit to Tonto Creek right below the fish hatchery

Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

The hatchery is a quick and scenic drive off the highway, and a fun little excursion for the kids. They had so much fun feeding the fish. Also, keep an eye out for bald eagles in the treetops.

1  Thank TLBPsyD
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

The hatchery sits at the base of the rim. Very cool and shady in the summer great for the kids you can catch the highline trail for a bit or just enjoy tonto creek itself

1  Thank Joel D
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

This was a good stop for our kids to see how the trout are raised and released. Bring quarters to feed them, and you can walk down stream and actually fish! The visitors center was not open and the 'museum' section was a little disappointing...More

Thank Jessica C
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Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
Took this from their site. Hope it helps! 928-478-4200. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 7 days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please Note: We frequently have closures due to local weather and road... More