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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.

 

 

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Over a foot of heavy snow this morning, May 22. We’ve been plowing and knocking snow off some of our trees and bushes to try to save them. Lots of downed branches and power lines across town - stay safe everyone! Our summer traveling RV volunteers are probably wondering what they signed up for...so far they still have heat and power in their RVs. South Dakota weather! ... See MoreSee Less

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Look on the bright side...we're in the 30's above, not 30's below, and no wind chills to deal with...

It will melt soon.

Just be patient, it will improve

If you thought our post from yesterday was crazy...(you could still see green grass in the snow), check out what we woke up to today at the Hatchery and in Spearfish! ... See MoreSee Less

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Glad I'm no in Spearfsh shoveling snow on Spartan dr.😄

18" in Hill City! Mt Rushmore and Keystome had no power yesterday!

This is actually killing me. No, just no. 😐

Meanwhile, in Spearfish, South Dakota... ... See MoreSee Less

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Custer State Park gotcha beat.

Yep... my favorite place in all of our RV travels is getting snow. BUT...I just saw photos of Rapid City and they are getting clobbered!

Beautiful sight; I love that place!

Wilson-Salt M Stephanie

Scott White

Fun

Various partners came together for a ceremony on the D.C. Booth Historic NFH grounds on May 16, 2019.

The American Fisheries Society's Fish Culture Section (FCS) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service partner to manage and maintain the National Fish Culture Hall of Fame at D.C. Booth Hatchery. Dr. Claude Boyd, a world-renowned expert in water chemistry and soil management in pond-based aquaculture, was the 2019 inductee.

The Booth Society, one of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's oldest and most robust non-profit friends groups, was recognized by the Service and the City of Spearfish for the Society's 30th anniversary of incorporation and the visitor services support the Society has helped provide the D.C. Booth Hatchery over the years.

Lastly, Arden Trahdahl, a prominent figure in securing support and funding for the National Fish & Aquatic Conservation Archives at D.C. Booth, was remembered for his work at the hatchery. The Collection Management Facility which houses the Archives was named after Arden at the ceremony.Various partners came together for a ceremony on the D.C. Booth Historic NFH grounds on May 16, 2019.

The American Fisheries Society's Fish Culture Section (FCS) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service partner to manage and maintain the National Fish Culture Hall of Fame at D.C. Booth Hatchery. Dr. Claude Boyd, a world-renowned expert in water chemistry and soil management in pond-based aquaculture, was the 2019 inductee.

The Booth Society, one of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's oldest and most robust non-profit friends groups, was recognized by the Service and the City of Spearfish for the Society's 30th anniversary of incorporation and the visitor services support the Society has helped provide the D.C. Booth Hatchery over the years.

Lastly, Arden Trahdahl, a prominent figure in securing support and funding for the National Fish & Aquatic Conservation Archives at D.C. Booth, was remembered for his work at the hatchery. The Collection Management Facility which houses the Archives was named after Arden at the ceremony.
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Yes, these photos are from today, May 19. And yes, our gift shop and historic buildings are open! Come visit us on this snowy spring day! ❄️ 🌸 ... See MoreSee Less

Yes, these photos are from today, May 19. And yes, our gift shop and historic buildings are open! Come visit us on this snowy spring day! ❄️ 🌸Image attachmentImage attachment

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Only in the Dakotas'!!! I remember our last year volunteering there. It was May and we woke up one morning, opened the door to the RV to let our Sheltie, Molly, out and the ground was covered with about 4 inches of fluffy white stuff. She is a rescue from warmer climes and had never seen snow. She loved it! Bounced around and played like a puppy. Then I went and shoveled out the sidewalks at the Booth House. Those were great times! Stay warm and keep those doors open. They shall come! 😘👍

Looks beautiful all year!

Beautiful in its own way . 😊

Wow! Where is this?

so sorry for the flowers losses

Denise Howard

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.

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. 

Hot rods for Hatcheries!

April 27th

10  AM to 2 PM

BHSU Young Center Parking Lot

May Happenings!

Join us for several events in May!

May 12th

Mother’s Day – OPENING DAY – Stop in and shop for Mom! Gift shop will be open!

Thursday, May 16th

Induction & Tribute for American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Hall of Fame

Saturday, May 18th- RESCHEDULED till May 25, 2019

BOOTH DAY!

  HATCHERY

  EVENTS

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.

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

Volunteer

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

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

OUR VISITORS SAY:

“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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Directions:

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.