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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

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It's fun to walk around and see all the fish. They have some really big ones. Don't miss the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
John G
Asheville, North Carolina
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This is a wonderful place to visit. It is absolutely free! A historic fish hatchery and National... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
United States
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423 Hatchery Cir, Spearfish, SD 57783-2643
+1 605-642-7730
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Reviewed 5 December 2005

Located on the edge of downtown, on a river, is a historic, restored fish hatchery. The grounds are very scenic--a very nice place to walk even if you don't give a hoot about fish! They have a very interesting pond filled with giant trout and...More

4  Thank Fricky1
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 26 May 2010

We stopped by here in late April. We had a great time feeding the fish and ducks. However, when we went to the lower level viewing area the glass was so covered with green slime that we could not view any of the fish. I...More

2  Thank Felinefreak
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All reviews train car fish gift shop free attraction city park underwater viewing area grounds are beautiful interesting place all ages scavenger hunt historic house big ones small museum big bag early days feed the ducks great place to take the kids
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

It's fun to walk around and see all the fish. They have some really big ones. Don't miss the underwater viewing window.

Thank John G
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit. It is absolutely free! A historic fish hatchery and National Archives for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a beautiful setting of approximately 11 acres. Visit the museum which was the original hatchery building, the fish rail...More

Thank pasherry
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

I stopped by because I had some extra time in Spearfish and know squat about fish except how to eat them. Boy did I learn a lot. The movies have conditioned me to think the West is all about trout. Come to find out Trout...More

Thank bLiselotte
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

A large bag of fish food for $2 provided a lot of real laughs and a good time. This was an unexpected stop but my husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. The train tour and museum tour was really interesting and I learned more about...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Very nice and alot larger than it looks at first. Our grandson loved feeding the fish and ducks. Recommend if in the area

Thank wolfgirlFlorida
Reviewed 14 September 2018

parking is a bit limited in the actual lot, but there's expansive parking across the street presumably for the city park next door. not much going on in the raceways, but plenty of adult fish in the ponds, you might even see a family of...More

Thank huangj02
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

I've been here before but never wandered into the museum at the back of the property. Plus short climb up the hill and you actually come to a "fish Cemetery". Who would have thought??

Thank Henry D
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We recently stopped here for the 2nd time. We enjoyed it so much 2 years ago when we were in the area that we decided to go again. It is so interesting and the volunteers that work there are so knowledgeable. Be sure to tour...More

Thank Dml0616
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Upon read their brochure at a rest stop we decided to stop. Wow, we were just blown away with the sheer amount of information that was provided throughout the complex. Feeding the fish was quite entertaining and the staff was so very friendly and informative....More

Thank porkchops86
Reviewed 6 September 2018

OMG, if you are in the area, please do not miss stopping by this place, even if just to view the trout. It is so interesting and I wish I could have taken in much more but ran out of time.

Thank LorrieW901
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8 July 2015|
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Response from anru7695 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with one to two hours, depending on interest level. If you feed the fish, pop inside a couple of buildings, read posted signs, and walk an outer nature trail or two, you could do it in an hour with a couple teens, or... More