D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

South Dakota

(605) 642-7730

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Overview

Established in 1896, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives, formerly Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country. It is dedicated to fish culture and resource management. The hatchery was constructed to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. After a very successful fish production history, the hatchery ceased operations in the mid-1980s and later reopened with a new mission and partnerships: to help preserve the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's historic and cultural heritage.

Today, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives serves as a living fishery museum to the public and many organizations. Still rearing trout for the Black Hills through a cooperative effort with the state, the hatchery also serves to protect and preserve fishery records and artifacts for educational, research, and historic purposes, and provide interpretive and educational programs for the public.

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

Map of D.C. Booth Nat'l Fish Hatchery

Latitude, Longitude: 44.480233, -103.861163

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Activities

  • Boating

    The is boating in the park.

  • Fishing

    Visitors can fish in Spearfish Creek. The park welcomes visitors to the historic hatchery and museum for an educational closeup view of the fish production process.

  • Hiking

    There is hiking in the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk. Tours of the Hatchery and Booth House run from mid-May through mid-September.

Directions

Driving

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery is located adjacent to Spearfish City Park and City Campground.

Phone Numbers

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(605) 642-7730

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