D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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benthere
23 contributions
a peaceful, relaxing visit
Sep 2021
A peaceful, relaxing visit that made an educational experience fun and worthwhile.
The docents were friendly and helpful. The site is beautiful and the buildings are well- maintained. We also learned a lot.
Written September 30, 2021
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B0bK
Sosua, Dominican Republic19,369 contributions
Good stop if visiting the area
Aug 2021
Interesting visit and loaded with history of the area as well as the "hatchery business in the US".

Well maintained and informative staff.
Written August 27, 2021
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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,045 contributions
It's just such a different thing to see
Jul 2021
The hatchery is a lovely complex that has the actual hatchery races from when the place was built in 1900 and you can see the different sizes of fish and you can feed the big fish if you want to buy fish food. The docents were very nice and very eager to chat. The museum was interesting, talking about how this was the first US fish hatchery and showing how they keep predators from getting the fish (harrassment options like noise guns and air cannons, etc.) and showing how the whole process worked with the eggs and the transport and the growth and keeping the water clean, etc. It was interesting to see the replica fish car with all the containers for the fish (basically, buckets) and the refrigeration units for the water and the bunks for the fish handlers, etc. DC Booth's house was very nice with lots of cool architecture and furnishings. The whole place was laid out so nicely and it was quiet and pretty and interesting. It's so different than all the natural beauty places we had been, it was a great stop.
Written August 8, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,346 contributions
So Much To See
Jul 2021 • Couples
Totally impressed by this operation. Wonderful museum explaining how fish were transported across the country, a fantastic fish transport railway car that has been lovingly reconstructed, gorgeous grounds, fish to feed, gift shop - just perfect. And walking distance from downtown. Be sure to check out the underground viewing area - huge fish. Great fish hatchery, the best one we’ve seen so far.
Written July 17, 2021
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debbieginmd
Bethesda, MD116 contributions
Great!
Jul 2021
Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, this fish hatchery was an unexpected and delightful surprise. I throughly enjoyed feeding the trout and my husband and I enjoyed learning about the role the hatchery played in replenishing the Black Hills rivers. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and I highly recommend visiting this lovely site.
Written July 17, 2021
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Uncle D
14 contributions
Enjoyable
Jun 2021 • Family
Very nice area to spend some time. No charge just bring some quarters if you want to feed the fish. Underwater viewing was the most enjoyable
Written June 24, 2021
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KateS
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States3,635 contributions
Fun morning!
Jun 2021
We didn't really know what to expect, just felt like we should do a few "local" things while in the area. Wow, are we happy. The grounds of this complex are absolutely beautiful, the buildings are well cared-for & chocked full of exhibits & information, & the gift shop had some very interesting items! The admission is free, but there are several donation boxes throughout the complex. We personally spent $30 on postcards & fish food, & still consider it a bargain! Very interesting place, worth a couple of hours of your time, for sure.
Written June 16, 2021
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Kelsey
New Zealand5 contributions
Such a great visit with well informed volunteers
Jun 2021 • Couples
My husband and I visit the hatchery today and where blown away with the knowledge & kindness of the volunteers. Pat went out of her way to inform us on the history of the hatchery & then we popped over to her hubby Jim who works in the rail cart! Very nice people and if there was a volunteer couple of the year, my vote would be for them!
Besides the wonderful volunteers the fish where also super cool! Feeding them was such a cool experience and I was shocked at how many of them their are. Definitely worth the trip 5/5!
Written June 15, 2021
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vmsolko
Rockwell City, IA74 contributions
Tour guides help make this experience great
Jun 2021 • Family
We were referred here by the Spearfish Visitors Center. It was a great choice for a relaxed place to tour and then eat a picnic lunch at the adjacent City Park afterward.

We fed the fish (coupons for free fish food from the visitors center) and learned about the current hatchery operations and the past. Randy in the rail car was especially knowledgeable and helpful - having the staff in the different areas made it 10x better than a self-guided tour would be.

A nice place to spend an hour. After our visit we ate our picnic in the park while the kids played on the large playground and waded in the stream water.
Written June 13, 2021
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FirstClassBaby
Venice, FL9 contributions
Free Admittance
Jun 2021 • Couples
We spent about 90 minutes at this wonderful attraction. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend spending time here. Kids will love feeding the fish and so did I. Fish food available for purchase. 🐟
Written June 13, 2021
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