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“Free and Very Fun for all ages”

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Spearfish
Certificate of Excellence
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Stillwater, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
283 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Free and Very Fun for all ages”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

What a fun and educational place! My husband and I read about this historic hatchery online during a recent trip to the northern Black Hills and decided to visit. We learned a lot about early fish hatchery days and had a blast feeding the fish. Buy a bag of fish food at the gift shop and watch the fish and ducks make a mad dash to get their fill. This historic hatchery includes great interpretive displays, fun underwater viewing areas, a restored fish rail car, the historic Booth home (the first hatchery manager's home) and a museum. The gift shop has a broad array of items for young and old; proceeds go toward hatchery upkeep and improvement. The hatchery is located adjacent to the beautiful Spearfish city park and is a wonderful asset to city residents and visitors alike. You'll enjoy spending an hour or more at this unique and historic site.

Visited May 2014
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Portland, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
463 reviews
273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
“A Lot To See and Learn, Make Your Next Adventure!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

I'm a fisherman, I admit it, however, the thought of spending a couple hours exploring a "historic" fish hatchery just didn't do it for me, but the wife wanted to go. Wow!!! This place was pretty cool! I learned a lot about the early days of fish hatcheries, and got to see a LOT of large Brown and Rainbow trout. About the only negative I have to say about this fish hatchery was that they really need to clean the glass in the underwater viewing area. It was pretty much green from algae growth and tough to see through. Other than that, you can spend a quarter and feed the fish and really learn a lot about fish hatcheries and those who developed this most important nature service. If you're in Spearfish, be sure and put this free historic site on your list!

Visited May 2014
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Warren, Rhode Island
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“No fishing allowed, but WoW”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Found this by accident while driving through Spearfish. What a find! Free and so wonderfully informative for all ages. The staff are experts and seem to enjoy answering the numerous questions form adults and children. A great family place. A must see in Spearfish.

Visited May 2014
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Spearfish, South Dakota
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Family adventure, especially for the young and young at heart”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We had vacationed in Spearfish and the Black Hills for many years before we took the plunge to move here. The fish hatchery has always been one of our favorite things to do, especially when our kids were really little. Now that they are a bit older, it's still a favorite, though not as magical. Definitely buy a bag of fish food from the gift shop; you don't get a lot for a quarter out of the machines. Also, if you can, buy some corn to feed the ducks. There are many types of ducks that call the hatchery home.

The fish hatchery was on the list for being closed down in October 2013 but the area/community rallied and got a "stay" for the immediate future. Hopefully it will continue to garner enough support that it will be around for many years to come.

Visited April 2014
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Spearfish, South Dakota
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Fun for everyone”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We love going to the fish hatchery. My son loves feeding the fish with me, while my daughter, who is older, loves the museums with the dad. We are so lucky to have this free attraction in our home town!

Visited April 2014
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