D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Spearfish

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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 visited the fish hatchery last week and it was a great time. We took the time to feed the fish and go down underground to view the fish underwater. We walked the grounds of the hatchery which are b...  more »
  • We come here several times a year and it never gets old no matter your age. They sell fish food and the kids love the under water viewing area. There is one pond that the kids can fall into...we have ...  more »
  • For about 20 minutes you can walk around this area and learn a lot about Brown and Rainbow Trout and how they are cared for/ raised in this area. Cool place.  more »
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  • This is a very family friendly place to visit. You can feed the fish and look at the many different houses that were on this property from a long time ago. The history you read about it interesting, as well. There is some hills to walk up but many stopping points along the way. The park across the river is a great place for kids to burn some energy and stretch their legs. Over all a truly fun place to get out and enjoy the beauty of this area.
  • This is a excellent place to take the family. So many things to see. You can feed the fish and observe them in the underground observation windows. We bought a little fish food while there and feed the fish. Such fun and this is a free event. Take the kids and have fun
  • I visited there last week, twice. It was so good I had to come back a second time. One of the best things to see in the area. Spearfish has a real gem. The volunteers who work there are wonderful.
  • Fantastic educational experience with lots of history. Not AT ALL what you think you are getting when someone suggests "go see the fish hatchery". I thought the "no fishing" sign was a joke, but wait till you see the trout in the permanent resident pond. If my grandfather hadn't already died and gone to heaven, this place would have finished the job.
  • Great way to spend an hour or two, especially for children. The hatchery facility is open to the public from sunrise to sunset outside of posted hours. The buildings and museums open during posted hours. One should definitely purchase fish food by the bag inside the Pond Shop, instead of the dispensers, if you'd like the best value.

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