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D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery and Museum

Spearfish, SD

Constructed in 1899 as the region's first fish management center, the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery was responsible not only for introducing trout to the Black Hills, but for being the first to control the fish population in Yellowstone National Park.
The institution quickly grew in importance, becoming the coordination center for all federal fisheries in the western United States. By the 1980s budget cuts forced the hatchery to be closed, but it later reopened with a new mission to help preserve the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's historic and cultural heritage.
Today the hatchery’s colorful history, pristine setting and century-old buildings are preserved as an educational center devoted to fish culture. Besides the original ponds, hatchery structure and icehouse, the center now includes:
Underwater viewing areas and fish feeding
Festivals like DC Booth Day and the Family Creek Fair
Victorian Booth House
Museum and gift shop
Picnic and playground areas

The historic buildings, old gardens and forest setting also make the hatchery grounds a popular location for outdoor receptions.

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423 Hatchery Circle
Spearfish, SD 57783





Phone: 605-642-7730

Fax: 605-642-2336


History & Culture, Specialty , Outdoor

Grounds are open year-round from dawn to dusk with no admission fee. Tours of the hatchery and Booth House run from mid-May through mid-September.