About Us

Established in 1888, Neosho National Fish Hatchery is the oldest continuously operational federal fish hatchery raising fish today. Our production is predominantly rainbow trout that are released in Lake Taneycomo at Branson Missouri, these fish help support a lucrative fishery that was created by the cold water released by Table Rock Dam. We also rear the federally endangered pallid sturgeon and Topeka shiner for release in northern Missouri. These species are produced for release at targeted restoration areas in cooperation with a larger team of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and universities. We are starting a restoration program for freshwater mussels in the tri-states mining district and are also interested in participating in restoration efforts for other listed aquatic species in the Ozark region.

Our Mission

The hatchery was originally founded at this location because of the railroad and the early history of distributing fish via railcar.

Our History

1888 - The hatchery was established.

1908 - McMahan Spring was added to our water supply.

1962 - Our raceways were constructed. Elm and Bartholic springs were also added to our water supply.

1988 - The 100th anniversary of Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

2010 - The hatchery visitor center was rebuilt specifically with its energy footprint and environmental impact in mind. It was constructed with environmentally friendly, natural materials and is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.