D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Spearfish

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The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives, also known as the Spearfish Fisheries Center or Spearfish Fisheries Complex and formerly known as the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, is one of 70 fish hatcheries that were opened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Fish Hatchery System. The hatchery was established near Spearfish, South Dakota in 1896, with the purpose of introducing and establishing populations of trout in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. It is one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the United States and is the second-oldest in the American West. The hatchery spawns and releases about 20,000 to 30,000 rainbow trout each year. The hatchery doubles as a fisheries archive with the purpose of preserving records and early historical artifacts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • A peaceful, relaxing visit that made an educational experience fun and worthwhile. The docents were friendly and helpful. The site is beautiful and the buildings are well- maintained. We also... 
    A peaceful, relaxing visit that made an educational experience fun and worthwhile. The docents were friendly and helpful. The site is beautiful and the buildings are well- maintained. We also...  more »
  • Interesting visit and loaded with history of the area as well as the "hatchery business in the US". Well maintained and informative staff. 
    Interesting visit and loaded with history of the area as well as the "hatchery business in the US". Well maintained and informative staff.  more »
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  • I have been visiting the Fish Hatchery since I attended college in the early 90's. I have raised my children going here too. It is my place of calm and reconnection to nature. After walking around the grounds, I always walk along the banks of Spearfish creek, and take in the beauty of the area. My "happy place" for 26 years. ☀️🐟
  • Jim Wallace was an amazing guide. He is very, very knowledgeable in fact, all the volunteers were top flight. Anyone reading this review should go to the fish hatchery. Besides the fun in seeing the fish, there is a beautiful museum and replica of a train that the fish used to be transported in. It is in a beautiful setting, quiet & serene and just a great spot to hang out in. And, it's free- what more could you ask for??

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