welcome to the d.c. booth historic national fish hatchery & archives
EXPLORE D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery
- Hatchery Grounds: Open year round from dawn to dusk.
- Historic Buildings & Gift Shop: Open 9-6 Jun – August. Shortened hours during May and September.
- Directions to D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery at bottom of page.
- See YOU SOON!
Growth At The Hatchery
Booth Society Land Acquisition!
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.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Fish & Aquatic Conservation Archives
Housed at D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery
Over 1.8 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.
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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.
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OUR VISITORS SAY:
“Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, this fish hatchery was an unexpected and delightful surprise. I throughly enjoyed feeding the trout and my husband and I enjoyed learning about the role the hatchery played in replenishing the Black Hills rivers. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and I highly recommend visiting this lovely site.”
***** 5 STARS – Debbie -Visitor July 2021
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.