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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

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Great spot to get some fresh air and visit for an hour.

The fish hatchery in Spearfish is truly unique. It is outdoors and requires minimal walking as the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spearfish, South Dakota
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Interesting and free

It's fun to walk around and see all the fish. They have some really big ones. Don't miss the... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2018
John G
Asheville, North Carolina
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423 Hatchery Cir, Spearfish, SD 57783-2643
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All reviews train car fish gift shop free attraction city park underwater viewing area grounds are beautiful interesting place all ages scavenger hunt big ones family attraction early days small museum big bag feed the ducks great place to take the kids
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fish hatchery in Spearfish is truly unique. It is outdoors and requires minimal walking as the area is somewhat compact. There needs no admission to visit the area but you can bring quarters to put in the machines to buy fish food. The underwater...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

It's fun to walk around and see all the fish. They have some really big ones. Don't miss the underwater viewing window.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John G
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit. It is absolutely free! A historic fish hatchery and National Archives for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a beautiful setting of approximately 11 acres. Visit the museum which was the original hatchery building, the fish rail...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

I stopped by because I had some extra time in Spearfish and know squat about fish except how to eat them. Boy did I learn a lot. The movies have conditioned me to think the West is all about trout. Come to find out Trout...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bLiselotte
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

A large bag of fish food for $2 provided a lot of real laughs and a good time. This was an unexpected stop but my husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. The train tour and museum tour was really interesting and I learned more about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank juliewgrey
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Very nice and alot larger than it looks at first. Our grandson loved feeding the fish and ducks. Recommend if in the area

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wolfgirlFlorida
Reviewed September 13, 2018

parking is a bit limited in the actual lot, but there's expansive parking across the street presumably for the city park next door. not much going on in the raceways, but plenty of adult fish in the ponds, you might even see a family of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank huangj02
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I've been here before but never wandered into the museum at the back of the property. Plus short climb up the hill and you actually come to a "fish Cemetery". Who would have thought??

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Henry D
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

We recently stopped here for the 2nd time. We enjoyed it so much 2 years ago when we were in the area that we decided to go again. It is so interesting and the volunteers that work there are so knowledgeable. Be sure to tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dml0616
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Upon read their brochure at a rest stop we decided to stop. Wow, we were just blown away with the sheer amount of information that was provided throughout the complex. Feeding the fish was quite entertaining and the staff was so very friendly and informative....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from anru7695 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with one to two hours, depending on interest level. If you feed the fish, pop inside a couple of buildings, read posted signs, and walk an outer nature trail or two, you could do it in an hour with a couple teens, or... More