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EXPLORE D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery

 

  • Hatchery Grounds:  Open year round from dawn to dusk.
  • Historic Buildings & Gift Shop:   Closed until spring
  • 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!

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

CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS!

 

 

  HATCHERY

  EVENTS

Happenings at the hatchery

 

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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Snow, rain, wind or sun - the momma goose sitting on her nest and a photographer will be found on the hatchery grounds! Thanks, Les! ... See MoreSee Less

Snow, rain, wind or sun - the momma goose sitting on her nest and a photographer will be found on the hatchery grounds!  Thanks, Les!

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Stay tuned for news soon about the 2021 Capture the Hatchery Photo Contest!

Remember when people typed letters and sent them by mail, instead of exchanging emails? Here are some of the letter books from the early years at the hatchery - we are 125 years old this year! #DCBooth125th #Fish150 ... See MoreSee Less

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This is quite a collection. Bet they are fun to read.

Any fishy comments among those letters?

Forsythia is blooming, the birds are busy, busy, a snow flake here and there today, after mid-70 temps on Saturday. Enjoy the many faces of spring! ... See MoreSee Less

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I can't wait until the hatchery shop opens again! I love feeding the fish before work and I have a friend who could use a pair of Fishflops for his birthday.

Any Tulips blooming in the garden?

It was a beautiful day to work outside and install engraved bricks into the Visitors and Friends section of Generations Fund Brickwalk. Did you know you can purchase a brick from the Booth Society to help support the hatchery? dcboothfishhatchery.org/contribute/ ... See MoreSee Less

It was a beautiful day to work outside and install engraved bricks into the Visitors and Friends section of Generations Fund Brickwalk. Did you know you can purchase a brick from the Booth Society to help support the hatchery? https://dcboothfishhatchery.org/contribute/

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Yay!!! Can’t wait to see the two I got for my precious sisters.

What a good Memorial to a family member, or a tribute to the whole family! 🌻🌲🌻

Yesterday’s snow accumulated a little, but it’s melting off quickly! Spring weather! ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday’s snow accumulated a little, but it’s melting off quickly! Spring weather!Image attachment

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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Donate

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.

Become a Member

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

OUR VISITORS SAY:

“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

Directions:

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.

STATEMENT:

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.