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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

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Address: 423 Hatchery Circle, Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone Number: 605-642-7730
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Our family loved viewing and feeding the fish. The underwater viewing area gave a good view of the feeding trout. It is a free attraction which is a bonus. Kids ages 13,12,9, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The highlight of our stop here was definitely feeding the fish. Our hotel had cards in the front lobby for a free cup of fish food, so we each had one. Otherwise it is only $1 or $2 for a large sandwich size bag full. There are so many so when you throw the food pellets into the water there... More 

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Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Our family loved viewing and feeding the fish. The underwater viewing area gave a good view of the feeding trout. It is a free attraction which is a bonus. Kids ages 13,12,9, and 6 all enjoyed it. Worth the time if you are in Spearfish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Fish Hatchery with ponds of fish, underground viewing area, option to feed the fish (tip: feed above the underground viewing !). Partially hidden gem is the home/buildings behind the hatchery. These are also included on the grounds but most people just look at the fish and leave. We enjoyed touring the fabulously restored/maintained home and out buildings as much as... More 

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Sturgis, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Neat, educational place tucked inside Spearfish. Beautiful place to spend the afternoon and learn about the history of the area pertaining to the fish industry. Wonderful that it's a free attraction, and if you decide to purchase fish food, it's a very minimal expense. There was a volunteer inside the train car, who was available to explain the process of... More 

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Spearfish, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I am a local and love to take my kids here multiple times a year they love it and its fun and safe and free to walk around and fish food only cost 1-2 $

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We did this on a whim while driving through the area, and glad that we stopped by. It was neat to see this hatchery, and how they operated. I never knew they used fish cars to make deliveries. The kids liked feeding the trout, and there were plenty of them. Very informative and educational visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is an interesting little gem. We spent our first fifteen minutes there feeding the 'hogs' swimming around in the pools by the visitor center. Some of those fish are absolutely HUGE! There is an area where you can go below the railing to watch the fish attack the food that others are tossing in to the water above you.... More 

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Nice place to get out and stretch ones legs, and fun for kids to boot! Feed the resident ducks and fish, stroll the quiet grounds, and take advantage of the short trails above the house for beautiful views from the pines.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I loved the fish hatchery when I was a kid and I think it's a great place for learning about fish. It's something to do while visiting the little town, Spearfish has other things today besides the fish hatchery though but it's kind of hard to name them all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

One of the oldest fisheries in the US, you can learn a lot about history here. The tanks are filled with various species of trout, including one that has some impressive underwater viewing windows. Very popular with families and school groups, so it can get very noisy at times. Vending machines selling fish food are everywhere, so very easy to... More 

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