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Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

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Address: 3898 Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541
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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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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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9 attraction reviews
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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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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155 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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3 reviews
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We are birdwatchers, and have learned that state fish hatcheries tend to be great places for birdwatching. The Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery was a great place to see some new species in a scenic setting. We enjoyed looking at the different sizes of trout, too, and perusing the exhibits in the Visitor's Center. Many families were having a fun Saturday... More 

1 Thank BirderZ

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