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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

423 Hatchery Circle, Spearfish, SD 57783
605/642-7730
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Ranked #3 of 14 attractions in Spearfish
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Historic Sites
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Canon City, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Entrance is free, the grounds are beautiful, a great stop to stretch your legs and let the kids (and adults) feed the fish and ducks.

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Greensboro
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I had a blast feeding the trout at the fish hatchery. It is a shame that the Department of the Interior is thinking about closing the hatchery. It is free unless you buy the fish food, it is .25 from the machine or $1 or $2 from the dispenser. You get more food if you buy the bags from the... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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79 reviews 79 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The grounds are beautiful, with Spearfish Creek and the Spearfish city park as a backdrop. The museum volunteers are wonderful, at the museum to give you the overall history of the facility, and at the house where Booth and his family lived. Feeding the fish is fun for people of all ages. Admission to everything is free, but donations are... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We love the hatchery. It's "free" (you buy the fish food for $1) and entertaining for all ages. My kids (9&6) loved feeding the trout and ducks. We didn't even make it to the museum this trip and we were there for over an hour. A must see for us.

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a well preserved fish hatchery museum. I didn't read enough prior to my trip and thought it was still a working fish hatchery. There are some large fish in the front holding tank but that is it. I still enjoyed the rest of the museum, especially the fish train car. Seeing how they moved fish from hatchery to... More

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Brandon, South Dakota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Fun to watch the fish and interesting history. Suitable for all ages. There is a fishery museum, a fishery train car, underground viewing of the trout and a gift shop. It is a free attraction

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My daughter loved feeding the fish and watching them swim, but this a great place for adults as well. So much information and very knowledgeable staff; you could easily spend a few hours here.

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Fremont, California
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689 helpful votes 689 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is the best fish hatchery and museum we have ever been to (and we have stopped at many). The trout ponds, etc. were so interesting - we did buy some fish food to feed them. We thought that the fish rail car was quite interesting and the volunteer there filled us in on the history of the rail car.... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

What a fun and educational place! My husband and I read about this historic hatchery online during a recent trip to the northern Black Hills and decided to visit. We learned a lot about early fish hatchery days and had a blast feeding the fish. Buy a bag of fish food at the gift shop and watch the fish and... More

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Portland, Oregon
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171 reviews 171 reviews
64 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I'm a fisherman, I admit it, however, the thought of spending a couple hours exploring a "historic" fish hatchery just didn't do it for me, but the wife wanted to go. Wow!!! This place was pretty cool! I learned a lot about the early days of fish hatcheries, and got to see a LOT of large Brown and Rainbow trout.... More

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