D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Spearfish

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The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives, also known as the Spearfish Fisheries Center or Spearfish Fisheries Complex and formerly known as the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, is one of 70 fish hatcheries that were opened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Fish Hatchery System. The hatchery was established near Spearfish, South Dakota in 1896, with the purpose of introducing and establishing populations of trout in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. It is one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the United States and is the second-oldest in the American West. The hatchery spawns and releases about 20,000 to 30,000 rainbow trout each year. The hatchery doubles as a fisheries archive with the purpose of preserving records and early historical artifacts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Beautiful layout with greenery and water everywhere. Easy viewing and feeding of fish. Staff was friendly and gift shop very cute. Also FREE admission!  more »
  • A great place with an unbelievable amount of trout, and huge trout. Unfortunately all the exhibits are closed , but none of the fish were wearing masks and having a grand old time swimming about...  more »
  • This is an amazing place. It was so fun to see all the different trout they have. You can pay for food to feed the fish. Be sure to go down the stairs to see the fish underneath the water. There was a museum there, but unfortunately we didn't have time for. This place is definitely worth a visit.
  • I never would've imagined a fish hatchery being a fun destination, but it was! This is a Spearfish and South Dakota gem. It's fun to look at all the fish, and the historical train car is interesting to walk through. What really makes this destination stand out is the volunteer docents, who are very knowledgeable, friendly, and happy to talk. Swing through on the way to Spearfish Canyon - it will totally be worth a stop (especially on a beautiful day).

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