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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 see while visiting Spearfish, SD

Great place to take you kids! Also adults can enjoy the visit! Take your time to walk around & see all the different ponds full of fish. If you're inclined you can even hike up a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Sancylea
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Spearfish, South Dakota
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Spearfish, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Great place to take you kids! Also adults can enjoy the visit! Take your time to walk around & see all the different ponds full of fish. If you're inclined you can even hike up a few hills to see the park & facility from a higher perspective! Don't forget to visit the museum!

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Casper, Wyoming, United States
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We stopped in sort of impromptu, we were very surprised at how nice and interactive the hatchery was, we are looking forward to coming back when it's nicer. We might even plan a trip around just visiting the hatchery.

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Miller
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Very nice. My kids love to go there and feed the fish. There is also and underground view window so you can see the fish swimming. Very nice trail and historical displays. A wonderful city park is right next to it with a great creek and nice picnic areas

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Mankato, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

None of the venues were open when I went there but the hatchery is very interesting nonetheless. Vending machines allow you to feed the fish, and there are some big ones in there. There is no entrance fee. It is quite a treat.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The fish hatchery is a neat place to visit. It is very family oriented and is a great place for anyone really. You get the chance to feed the huge fish and you only have to pay a quarter. There is a nice trail you can walk and learn about the history. It is a place you'll want to take... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

WOW! SO much history and so much fun and it's for FREE! But you really should give and I would encourage everyone to do so. We bought some fish food for a dollar and child had a ton of fun feeding both the big huge trout and the baby trout......many hikes surround this little gem. We also visited the museum,... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Another must see in the Spearfish area. Employees were very friendly and informative and quick to answer all questions. Great place to take kids, even small ones. They can watch the fish from above the ponds or go down a few steps and watch them from an underwater viewing platform.

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Winnipeg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We revisited the hatchery for the first time in a fair number of years. It was disappointing in a way, because only the larger ponds were being used. All the runways were idle and empty. That aside, there are still things to see and do. They have the underwater gallery to see the large trout from a fishes eye view.... More 

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Mira Loma, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I'm not sure how many people visit here, but it is well worth the time and effort. They have restored the home first used by D C Booth--to the way it looked when he and his family lived there--it is beautifully done and well maintained. The hatchery still operates on a limited basis, raising rainbow trout and then handing them... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a oasis and quiet calm understated excellent tourist place. Located right off of city park it is a really well preserved history of US fish hatcheries. It is an at your own pace walking tour with several volunteers to help with the history. Unexpectedly charming and pleasant, calm and under visited location.

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