D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Spearfish

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Established in 1896, as the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Renamed D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives in the early 1980's, the facility is still dedicated to fish culture and resource management today.
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  • We stopped by in the morning during the middle of the week. It was very quiet and not a lot of people were around. It was the off season, so all the buildings were closed, but we got nice views of the...  read more »
  • Been to hatcheries in NY before, this place was beautiful! And had a lot of cool features for viewing trout. Trout seem to be the only fish there. Grounds are pretty! Wedding photos were being done du...  read more »
  • Glad we stopped More than other fish hatcheries. Copy of original transport train very interesting. History of how they captured the eggs. Transported them to th e hatchery and then stocking the strea...  read more »
  • The kids loved feeding the fish! Fish food in the gift shop is a much better deal than from the quarter machines. We took a little cup to hold the food in. Easily spent an hour here feeding fish and going through the train car & house. The underwater tanks look like the glass hasn't been cleaned in awhile, we could hardly see the fish. There's a lovely park right next door with a great playground. Easy parking with our 25' gooseneck trailer.
  • We always have a fantastic time at the fish hatchery. Feeding the trout (and sometimes ducks) is a highlight for my family. My boys are 3 years old and 9 months old; the facility is 90% stroller-accessible and most of the fish areas are very secure. There are a few ponds with no barriers that require very close supervision of young children. We try to bring empty baggies to hold the fish food to prevent spills. I believe it's a quarter for each dispensal of fish food, so bring change too! The park is well-maintained and the docents of the train car and the museum are interesting and knowledgable, though I am glad the train car was closed the time we took my in-laws or Grandpa would still be there talking to the historian.
  • We spent 2 hours feeding the fish and touring the site. Lots of great information and plenty of fun. Get a big bag of food vs the machines for a quarter & enjoy.
  • My whole family loved this place. The surrounding scenery is beautiful, and we enjoyed being able to see the historic buildings.
  • My girlfriend's favorite place to go in the Black Hills. There's some excellent scenery provided by a bit of a hike up some stair, history lessons available regarding the hatchery, and of course the cathartic pleasure of feeding fish and the occasional ducks.
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