D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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ELKW
United States11,770 contributions
Aug 2020
It's one of the attraction in Spearfish, the admission is free, there are volunteer staff greet you on the bridge, telling you that you can buy fish food to feed the fish. there are different pack size, minimum is $1 for a small bag. we bought one for the kids to feed the fish. There is a underwater viewing area, historic fish runs, old railcar, a boat, etc. however, due to COVID, many indoor places are closed, e.g. can't go into the Booth House, can't enter the Von Bayer museum, even the railcar, you can't get on it to take a look, quite disappointed, so you can just see those outdoor exhibit, there is 1-2 trails you can walk, but not much to see. Anyway, it's a good place for family with young kids.
Written March 11, 2021
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Kelsey
New Zealand5 contributions
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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travelerfromsj
San Jose, CA1,765 contributions
Sep 2022
This was a pleasant surprise on our visit to Spearfish. We enjoyed feeding the trout (bring quarters!), and watching them from the underwater viewing area. The museum was very interesting, but the most fascinating exhibit was the fish car. Who would have thought there used to be a special train car for fish? The replica fish car is very well done; really, the entire complex is lovely and well-maintained, and every staff member friendly and welcoming. Be sure to make a stop here.
Written September 26, 2022
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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,167 contributions
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, CA2,666 contributions
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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vmsolko
Rockwell City, IA78 contributions
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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DJ605
Madison, SD80 contributions
Jul 2020
This was our 2nd visit here and it was as cool as the first time, unfortunately due to the Covid-19 the museums were closed, but you could still buy fish food and spend time feeding the fish plus you were able to walk around the hatchery and see anything outside. This place is free, but donations are nice. If you go please buy fish food and donate if you can to help keep this place free, it is a great place to visit.
Written July 12, 2020
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Haley S
Lakeville, MN7 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Love this place! We have been here in foggy/rainy weather and then just now on a beautiful sunny day and both were equally as fun! Beautifully maintained FREE campus with some massive fish. We love buying a bag of food and watching the fish gather. Recommend this place to everyone stopping by Spearfish!
Written July 5, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the Hatchery! Also thanks for the wonderful comments!
Written July 6, 2020
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captkess59
Cape Coral, Florida266 contributions
Sep 2020
A great place with an unbelievable amount of trout, and huge trout. Unfortunately all the exhibits are closed , but none of the fish were wearing masks and having a grand old time swimming about. The grounds are beautiful...and it's all free
Written September 5, 2020
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gingersnaps527
Spearfish, SD409 contributions
Jun 2020
The Hatchery is a part of the City Park. It is well maintained and offers information on the history of the area. The "underground" part of the hatchery makes it fun to get a good look at the fish up close. There is a small gift house. The bathrooms were closed when we were there due to covid. I like to stop by on a monthly basis when I walk through the park. Children would enjoy a visit. This place is free but does take donations.
Written July 11, 2020
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