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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  • We recently went to this fish hatchery even though we knew the exhibits were closed. To see all of the trout, from little guys to fully grown ones was really quite amazing. There are story boards thro...  more »
  • I enjoyed seeing the fish, especially when they were jumping out of the water to beat the others to food being tossed in. The second pool was full of enormous fish and they could be seen from the belo...  more »
  • Tour by foot at your leisure while absorbing history of the hatchery as it was in its heyday. Still an inviting and restful location. 
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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.