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Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

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Address: 3898 Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541-9225
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+1 928-474-7900

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Interesting stop.. The kids will get boarded quickly but worth the stop. To see how the fish are grown to before they are placed in the lakes and streams. Small museum and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
alejandro f
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a last minute decision as we left the fossil site down the road. The ride off 260 was beautiful and relaxing. The kids were excited to see the trout in their various stages of production. It's free and if you go to the building at the top of the hatchery, there's a small visitor center where you can... More 

Thank Sarah F
Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Pretty nice trip, nice and cool relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of parking. Nice walking attraction no really steep hills to climb.

Thank George H
Rowland Heights, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Our group had 3 children so we decided to get "educational" for the kids during our Christmas trip to Payson. And that plan almost backfired. The location of the hatchery is great, right across the highway from our resort. The drive along the Tonto Creek was very enjoyable. Since we were there just before Christmas, so we didn't see anyone... More 

Thank BigFishDiveClub
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting stop.. The kids will get boarded quickly but worth the stop. To see how the fish are grown to before they are placed in the lakes and streams. Small museum and restroom. If you are lucky you can see the staff feed the fish the kids love that.

Thank alejandro f
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting side trip.... maybe 10 minutes off the highway, right under the rim. Beautiful, quiet forest. See and feed the hundreds of rainbow trout! Great for kids and those anglers that get a rush from just the sight of a three pounder!

Thank Brent L
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Would have been 5 stars, had we been able to feed the fish as advertised. Loved seeing all these great fish, and knowing how they stock local lakes. Their stocking program is what impresses me the most.

Thank RoadWarriorWalt
Mesa, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Always look forward to returning to the Tonto Fish Hatchery. This is a place that holds great memories for our family. Our children loved this place. Also, when they went to Science Camp they loved the hike from camp to the hatchery. Now our dog is just confused about the fish!

Thank stokeskarla8
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Not sure if it was due to fall but most of the containers didn't have any fish. I saw one person that looked like they worked there but nothing else happening. On a different note the changing leaves were beautiful

Thank Aretha V
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I didn't even know this existed until I looked up top attractions in Payson on TripAdvisor. Many tanks that kids could up to and look in.

1 Thank Jody B
Bullhead City, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took our grandson, he had a great time. It's educational in the way of showing them the stages of life.

1 Thank Boodah58

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