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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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Happy Earth Day! All of these photos of wildlife were taken today, Earth Day, on the hatchery grounds. ☺️
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
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Happy Earth Day!! I have several photos from today and rainy Easter to add...

Happy Earth Day!

It’s pouring rain but the ducks don’t mind! 🦆 ... See MoreSee Less

It’s pouring rain but the ducks don’t mind! 🦆

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Happy Easter! 🐰 😎💚🐾🎉 Love!

So pretty!!

Congrats to Nicole Jeon, 16, from Scarsdale, New York, who took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with an acrylic painting of a harlequin duck. Her painting will grace the 2019-2020 Junior Duck Stamp. See all the entries: bit.ly/2XtigEe Learn more: bit.ly/2ItJp6z Thanks to all the participants. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations! Beautiful!!



Shout out to Dr. Marcia, a traveling doc spending some time in Spearfish! Thanks for adopting our fish and feeding them!🐟 ... See MoreSee Less

Shout out to Dr. Marcia, a traveling doc spending some time in Spearfish! Thanks for adopting our fish and feeding them!🐟

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Where’d ya get that urinal?!

As she holds a urinal full of food. Welcome to Spearfish Doc.

Thank you to Shawn Bawden, a volunteer at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, for presenting “Archives 101” to volunteers and staff. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Shawn Bawden, a volunteer at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, for presenting “Archives 101” to volunteers and staff.

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




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.


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.