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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 Jun – August.  Shortened hours during May and September.
  • Directions to D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery at bottom of page.
  • See YOU SOON!

OPEN POSITION with The Booth Society, Inc.

Work at the beautiful and thriving Hatchery!

click here to view the position listing.

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.

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Canyon Acoustic Series cup and sleeve

Happenings at the hatchery

Summer Events At the Hatchery!

Become A Junior Ranger!

JUNE 20 & July 18




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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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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.

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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.


“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.