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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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Must stop on a long drive in the area

Nice, free, well kept, and educational fish hatchery. There are museum, gift shop, restored railroad fish car, small ponds with fish at different stage of development, and a big... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2015
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Nice, free, well kept, and educational fish hatchery. There are museum, gift shop, restored railroad fish car, small ponds with fish at different stage of development, and a big pond full of big huge trouts and glass viewing window. Well worth a stop when in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

My daughter loved to feed the fish and ducks. It's a nice place to get away from and enjoy. Take your time tho, the scenery is very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

As adults with no children I was not sure if this would be much fun but it turns out we had a great time. Lots to learn and we had a great time watching and feeding the fish. The park is dog friendly, except in the buildings, so they also enjoyed stretching their legs and watching the fish jumping also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Even though I live in Spearfish, I will never take DC Booth for granted. I visit at least 4 times a year. It is a great place to take little ones to begin teaching them about the importance of taking care of our outdoors.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

No longer a hatchery, but a trout growing operation. Clean and well maintained in park like surroundings with multiple fish ponds. One of the ponds has a large underwater window for viewing some very large trout. The historical buildings were shut on the day we visited.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The Booth Fish Hatchery is located in a beautiful stream side location that is a must see if you are in the Spearfish, SD area. It is located in an area next to the city park and campground. We stayed in the campground and visited the Hatchery several times. The park-like setting is unlike any hatchery I have visited. If... More 

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited the fishery well staying at a close by campground. We were intending just to walk through but we stayed and visited all of the exhibits because it was so interesting. It was fun to feed the different types of trout in the fishponds, watching them reach for the food we provided. We also saw several deer on the... More 

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Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This free attraction would be worth it if they charged admission. Beautiful grounds and exhibits. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Great fun feeding the fish and the ducks. For the best value, buy your fish food in the gift shop rather than the vending machines out side. ($2 per bag)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

There is so much to see here.There are trout and more trout. Even is an underground viewing observatory. You can visit Booth House, Ice House, Fish Rail Car, Museum are just a few things. Awesome stop.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

While planning our trip to South Dakota we decided to swing into Spearfish to visit the hatchery. It was a great choice! All four of our kids loved it. Feeding the fish was a great treat for all of us. The educational and historical aspects were well presented and kept everyone's interest. All of the guides and volunteers were fantastic.... More 

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