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We stopped on our way to Wisconsin because I had been wanting to see the trout hatchery for quite some time and it did not disappoint. We were the only two souls in sight and we self toured and fed the trout it was a...More
The DNR Fish Hatchery in Manchester is a great place to take the kids - they can feed the fish, see lots of fish from tiny to huge, and run around burning off energy while doing it. The setting is beautiful and the DNR staff...More
This is a quick-stop place that will leave young children thrilled and older travelers, especially trout fishermen, simply amazed. The hatchery supplies trout for most of northeast Iowa and makes the enclosures in which they are raised until release open for visitors to feed the...More
The hatchery is not too far from downtown Manchester and is worth the trip. It is free and you can spend as little or much time as you want. We were there for just about an hour. We filled a provided cup with some trout...More
I love to fish, but I had never seen a fish that close up until I went to the hatchery. Cement tanks are filled with all sizes of trout, from little fingerlings to some as big as my arm. Wow! The DNR people answered my...More
Located near Highway 20, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque, the Manchester hatchery is an eye-opener for kids! Eggs are harvested and fertilized from huge trout and then raised as hatchlings indoors and outdoors until they are ready for stocking in trout streams in northeastern Iowa....More