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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 2013
Type: Museums, Historic Sites
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Spearfish, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We love going to the fish hatchery. My son loves feeding the fish with me, while my daughter, who is older, loves the museums with the dad. We are so lucky to have this free attraction in our home town!

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Bancroft, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The best part of our "out west" vacation was our stop at a place that was free to get into. It's great to walk around and see the fish, our two boys had the best time feeding the fish. Don't mess around with the quarter turnbuckle machines, head right to the gift shop and buy the BIG bag of fish... More

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

The fish hatchery has been a Spearfish icon for many, many years. We used to take our kids there several times a week to feed the fish. It was always a blast. It is a free attraction, but it also costs money to keep up the facility. Sadly, the fish hatchery may be closing its doors in October. If you... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

was pretty neat to see a bunch of fish in one place..but they were all the same..just some small and other HUGE!!..nothing to special..

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Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery is the oldest in the USA. With government budget cuts, they are barely made the cut to close the facility. It is interesting to see how streams and lakes are stocked with fish. You can view the fish fry is the different size runs as well as see the big guys up close and personal... More

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South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Beautiful setting, great for little kids and senior citizens and everyone in between. Historical look at fish hatchery while still actively raising fish on a smaller scale. Cool underground viewing area of gigantic trout that you can feed along with many nearly tame ducks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Our kids had a blast feeding the fish and learning about how fish hatchery's help the fish population. The grounds of the hatchery are beautiful.

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Cave Creek, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I usually spend a couple of weeks in Spearfish each summer with my daughter and granddaughters. We spend a lot of time at the Booth Fish Hatchery feeding the fish and ducks and just watching their antics. Such a lot of fun for all ages.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery is located right off downtown Spearfish, South Dakota. Great little park to relax, and maybe a deer will wander through. This is still a working fish hatchery, but I signed a petition when I was there as the government is attempting to close it down to to funding issues. Let's hope this doesn't... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Normally this is not something we would have been interested in, but decided to give it a shot. Boy were we ever surprised. The Hatchery is in a beautiful park, with different size ponds where you can feed the fish, beautiful grounds and statues. There is also a small gift shop. If you have children they will get a kick... More

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