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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Alert

The Neosho National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center has changed operations as of March 19, 2020.

The visitor center has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Address and Directions

520 Park St
Neosho, MO 64850

The hatchery entrance is on McKinney/Hwy 86.


Hours

The hatchery grounds remain open until 10:00 pm.

Visitor Center

The visitor center is temporarily closed.

Gift Shop

The gift shop is temporarily closed.


Points of Interest

The hatchery visitor center
Neosho National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center. Photo by USFWS.

You can’t miss the distinctive onion dome atop our visitor center. Stop inside the visitor center to catch a glimpse of endangered pallid sturgeon and explore interactive exhibits. The gift shop and bookstore feature beautifully handcrafted items from local artists. Enjoy the park-like setting among spring fed ponds with walking and biking trail, pavilions, picnic tables and BBQ grills. Free fish food is available to feed fish in all ponds.

In 2010, the 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.


Know Before You Go

You can call ahead and reserve a tour with one of our fish biologists which will allow you to enter our endangered pallid sturgeon buildings. The hatchery is closed during all federal holidays.

America the Beautiful Park Passes, previously known as Golden Passes, are available at the Visitor Center to seniors 62 or older, active military with military ID or permanently disabled (proof of disability required).

In accordance with current government rules, Neosho allows motorized wheelchairs and hoveraround-type motorized chairs to be used on the facility. We cannot safely accommodate public ATV's/golf carts or other larger motorized vehicles. The hatchery will make every effort to provide curbside service and individual escorts to the visiting public as needed.


Scheduling Group Tours

Most visitors enjoy the hatchery through a self-guided experience. If you would like a guided visit, reservations for tours are available upon request by calling 417-451-0554. We have several covered pavilions. These picnic areas can be utilized for free by the public for special events such as reunions and birthdays, but call to reserve a spot.


Rules and Regulations

No fishing is allowed on the grounds outside of established fishing derbies. Only leashed dogs are allowed on the walking trails.


Contact Information

Phone: 417-451-0554

Hatchery Manager

Roderick May
Neosho National Fish Hatchery
Phone: 417-451-0554 ext: 102
roderick_may@fws.gov

Media Contact

Katie Steiger-Meister
External Affairs Office
Phone: 612-713-5360
katie_steiger-meister@fws.gov