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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 – ***UPDATE- HOURS FLUCTUATE AT THIS TIME. GIFT SHOP OPEN DAILY!!HISTORIC BUILDINGS NOT OPEN FOR TOURS AT THIS TIME.***
  • 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!

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



June 7th – July 7th





Happenings at the hatchery

Check Back for Changes due to COVID-19.

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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We are excited! 170 entries in the photo contest from 40 participants!  Watch for announcement of winners next week!

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The Fish Railcar #3 is getting a new paint job!
Thanks Tim and Bill Peterson.
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The Fish Railcar #3 is getting a new paint job!
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Nice to see the old girl getting a touch up.

Looking great! <3


It’s beautiful.

Lisa Marie Maxwell

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Feeding the fish at the Hatchery!

One more day!
Submit your photos to the Capture-the-Hatchery photo contest!
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I am so bummed that I didn't get any entries submitted. I didn't have access to my computer. Hopefully, next time. Thank you to Karen from the Booth Society for messaging Owl be over the hill about entering. I really appreciate it. Good luck to all ! <3

Do they have to be recent photos or can I submit photos from years ago?

I submitted mine 😁

Find info about the photo content online here: dcboothfishhatchery.org/capture-the-Hatchery-photo-contest/

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.