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EXPLORE D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery


  • Hatchery Grounds:  Open year round from dawn to dusk.
  • Historic Buildings & Gift Shop:   Open 9-6 Daily!
  • Directions to D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery at bottom of page.
  • See YOU SOON!



Growth At The Hatchery

Booth Society Land Acquisition!

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

Capture the Hatchery photo contest | Starts June 14th!




Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Being safe on our refuges and hatcheries

Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

For more information visit our FWS Coronavirus webpage.

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Heather Weisse Walsh

Scenes from the road Day 4! We started with an early morning departure from Sioux Falls, To-Go Coffee from Coffea in hand (thankS for the recommendation, Dan!) with the intention of getting to Badlands National Park before it got too hot. We underestimated how many pit stops we might need and even crossing into Mountain Time Zone and ‘gaining an hour’ didn’t help us as much as hoped it would. One of those stops was at Dignity (see previous post) and is definitely one to add to your bucket list. The statue itself is stunning and the overlook of the Missouri River is amazing. There is even a small trail but, as you can see, B wasn’t having any of that (🐍).

After counting 49 Wall Drug signs, we made it to the Notch Trailhead at Badlands National Park. We’re not hiking newbies, but in 90-100 F heat, this “moderate to strenuous” hike was pretty intense, even at just 1.5 miles total. The kids were definitely troopers and the views were definitely worth it! (Only one of them earned memory scars from the rocks… we all turned shades of red we didn’t know that we could…)Then we wound our way through the Badlands NP to Roberts Prairie Dog Town where Brennan perfected his prairie dog call. Our next stop — after counting 16 more signs — was Wall Drug, a kitschy tourist destination where the kids held us up for gemstones and leather bracelets and Mia finally got to ‘ride a horse’ she wasn’t allergic to.

We ended our drive yesterday in Spearfish, SD, touring the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives where we learned all about Trout and how they are raised and re-released, plus got to see the fish from the underwater viewing area. Finished the day with the beat meal we’ve had so far at The Farmhouse Bistro & Bar before heading to our “Verbo” and crashing as soon as our heads hit the pillow.

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Spearfish Economic Development Corporation met in Ruby’s Garden at D.C. Booth Fish Harchery ... See MoreSee Less

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Great day at the fish hatchery.

What a lovely day to be outside for a meeting of economic minds!

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2021 Capture the Hatchery Photo Contest for the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery & Archives is underway and runs until Aug 31! We are celebrating our 125th Anniversary this year and fundraising for renovations of the museum/archives, check out the details here: dcboothfishhatchery.org/capture-the-hatchery-photo-contest

All ages & abilities are welcome to participate!
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2021 Capture the Hatchery Photo Contest for the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery & Archives is underway and runs until Aug 31! We are celebrating our 125th Anniversary this year and fundraising for renovations of the museum/archives, check out the details here: https://dcboothfishhatchery.org/capture-the-hatchery-photo-contest
All ages & abilities are welcome to participate!

We found the story walk with “Let’s Feed the Fish” at the park. Thank you , Friends of the Library! ... See MoreSee Less

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Great looking display and better yet, young reader!

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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  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.

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Your membership helps bring the hatchery experience alive by providing tours, information, and visitor services to over 160,000 visitors each year.


“Such a tremendous experience 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 seeing 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


From I-90 Interstate: Take 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.


The D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery strives to create and foster an inclusive experience for all visitors, volunteers and employees. We wish for the hatchery to be a safe and healthy environment. Therefore, we have a zero tolerance policy toward discrimination of any kind. We will NOT tolerate discrimination of individuals based upon their race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, and sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation). Allegations of discrimination should be reported to the Hatchery Manager or available Hatchery staff as soon as possible. Reports and situations will be handled promptly and professionally.