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EXPLORE D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery


  • Hatchery Grounds open year round from dawn to dusk.
  • Historic Buildings & Gift Shop:         Open June, July & August, everyday from 9am-6pm
  • May & September –  hours may be limited
  • See directions to D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery at bottom of page.



Growth At The Hatchery

Booth Society Land Acquisition Campaign!

Stand for the land, Donate Today!

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About 8” of fresh snow this morning. Mitch (maintenance) used the snowblower to clear snow while April (curator) used a good ol’ shovel to clear off all the porches of the historic buildings. Clearing snow is a good way to practice social distancing! ... See MoreSee Less

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I remember one year when we arrived to volunteer on April 30th. We set up the RV in the campground and woke up the morning of May 1 to several inches of new, fresh snow. It was the very first time our Sheltie, Molly, had ever seen snow. She scampered out of the coach and buried her face in the fluffy white stuff. She just loved it! 🐶😘 There is something serene and very peaceful about a fresh snowfall.

Always beautiful no matter the weather conditions, although I'll pass on snow right now.Be nice to get up to the Hills in the future.

Such a beautiful place in every season!


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🐟Hello from the Hatchery! 🐟We had an interesting group on the grounds yesterday. After some discussion, they scattered- promising to practice social distancing!🐟 Look for them in the Gift Shop in the coming months! ... See MoreSee Less

🐟Hello from the Hatchery! 🐟We had an interesting group on the grounds yesterday. After some discussion, they scattered- promising to practice social distancing!🐟 Look for them in the Gift Shop in the coming months!Image attachment

Timeline Photos“Every flower must grow through dirt.” - Laurie Jean Sennott

The pasqueflower can grow up to 17 inches tall (43.18 centimeters) and begins blooming in April. More: ow.ly/fG1R50yYaNd

Photo: Pasqueflower at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve in North Dakota by Colleen Graue/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Dakota Crocus. Spring is around the corner! 😘

The birds are chirping and making plans for spring.“If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they'd be.” - Lauren Myracle.

Why not start your morning by singing your favorite song? Male song sparrows establish territory by puffing their feathers and singing. More: ow.ly/qfmX50yY4ra

Photo: Song sparrow in North Dakota by Rick Bohn/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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The birds are chirping and making plans for spring.

Timeline PhotosThis great blue heron wants to remind you to get up and stretch today! When hunting, the great blue heron moves at lightning speed by extending its neck, striking prey, and then swallowing it whole. More: ow.ly/EcjX50yX1dI

Photo: Great blue heron in Colorado by Ray Fetherman
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SD Junior Duck Stamp Contest

The Pond Gift Shop offers fish food, nature and history books, nature and wildlife toys, gifts, and hatchery souvenirs. Visit the Shop for information about area attractions and the history of the hatchery.

 Happenings at the hatchery

Join us for upcoming events

Saturday, March 14   4 – 7 pm  The Venue


Watch for more exciting details!

Display of  archives from 125 years of D.C. Booth Updates on land, museum, 2021 anniversaries

And much more . . .




U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Fish & Aquatic Conservation Archives

Housed at D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery

Over 1.7 million artifacts and documents. Largest collection of fisheries artifacts in the country.  Selected items on display in Von Bayer Museum.  Research opportunities available.  The collection management facility is open by appointment only. 

Ruby’s Garden Events

Ruby’s Garden provides an enchanting setting for your wedding ceremony. Nestled behind the historic  Booth House on the grounds of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery in Spearfish, SD, the garden features an oval lawn bordered by a rustic flagstone walkway and landscaped flowerbeds. The Booth House balcony provides shade for the back porch that opens out onto  the lawn, which stretches towards a vine-covered pergola on the other end. Private garden space available May through September.

support The booth society

Become a Member – Make a Donation  – Contribute to the Endowment – Shop at the Gift Shop – Visit the Hatchery – Feed the Fish!

Your support helps keep the Fish Hatchery a free family attraction, coordinates the volunteer program, develops educational opportunities and youth outreach, advocates for the Hatchery on local, state and national levels, supports hatchery operations, coordinates the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest, and encourages the Friends Group development.

Donations to the land acquisition project will help D.C. Booth expand, creating a lasting legacy for future generations.

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Your donation to the Booth Society helps ensure visitor outreach and the hatchery remaining a free attraction for everyone.


The hatchery is able to accommodate visitors and have the buildings open seasonally due to the dedication and support from the volunteer program. 

Become a Member

Your membership helps bring the hatchery experience alive by providing tours, information, and visitor services to over 150,000 visitors each year.


“Such a tremendous experice for all ages. So much information from an era that started it all. The museums, viewing area, green spaces, gift shop and the race ways, are fantastic! Kids loved the scavenger hunt that resulted in free fish food! Feeding fish and see baby ducks toddling along the rocks was the highlight. A non-profit that serves the greater community for free and deserves all the support they can get.”

***** 5 STARS – Amity Shay Neff

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From I-90 Interstate: Exit 12 travel West on Jackson Blvd, Turn left on Canyon St, Continue south six blocks to City Park.

From Spearfish Canyon: Hwy 14A– Turn left at stoplight on Colorado Blvd, Turn left on Hudson St, Turn left on Canyon St.

NOTE: Spearfish Canyon via Winterville Rd. to Canyon Street is closed to thru traffic during summer months, as noted on map.