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The Great American Hatchery Road Trip – Neosho National Fish Hatchery

Road Trip Tuesday!

June kicked off a summer long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Fish Hatchery System. As part of our celebration, we’ve created a series of road trip blogs that crisscross the country highlighting national fish hatcheries that are more than 100 years old!

Join us each week for Road Trip Tuesday as we take you on the Great American Hatchery Road Trip!

For this week’s stop, we’re at Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri.

Neosho National Fish Hatchery was established in 1888 and is the oldest continuously operational federal fish hatchery raising fish today. Their top billing: raising rainbow trout that are released in Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Missouri. The hatchery also raises the federally endangered pallid sturgeon, Topeka shiner, and they even have Neosho muckets (a magical mussel) for the first time in their history! Speaking of mussels, we’re not trying to brag (yes, we are) but Neosho is rocking two awesome mussel experts and just had a boost in production this year, raising three different species of mussels!

The National Fish Hatchery System has been improving recreational fishing and restoring aquatic species since 1872 (uhhhh, yeah that makes them 150 years old!) and yet, lots of folks might not even know that their grounds are often open to the public and entry is FREE! The wonderful thing about fish hatcheries is that they offer something for everyone in your group…no more disgruntled sighs from the backseat!

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