D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Spearfish

(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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  • Traveling in the northern Black Hills, perfect afternoon stop for families and individuals. Historic location with original structures and fish ponds. Feed the fish, hike the area, relaxing entertainm...  more »
  • I grew up with the excitement of going to the fish hatchery and to see all the fish and I'm pleased to pass this on to my children! It is a wonderful place to visit plus it's free of charge and I hope...  more »
  • This jewel is full of surprises! A historic house, a museum, walking paths, underwater trout viewing, a historic railway car just for transporting fish, a beautiful creek. It is adjacent to the city c...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Excellent place for free entertainment. Not only enjoy the fish of the hatchery but great museum and the absolute beautiful scenery from the short walking trails.
  • 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.
  • Great family fun. Free. Amazing park near by.