Established in 1896, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives, formerly Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country dedicated to fish culture and resource management.
The Hatchery is located within the town Spearfish at South Canyon Street and Spearfish Creek between the Spearfish City Park and City Campground. Click HERE for map.
The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery was constructed to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. After a very successful fish production history, the Hatchery ceased operations in the mid-80’s and reopened with a new mission and partnerships to help preserve the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s historic and cultural heritage. The Hatchery is named after its first Superintendent.
Admission to the Hatchery grounds is always free. Visitors are welcome to stroll the hatchery grounds from dawn to dusk any day of the week, 365 days a year. However, the Pond Gift Shop, Von Bayer Museum, Railcar, and Booth House are only open during the summer season from mid-May through the end of September. Tours through the historic buildings are available through June – August from 9 am – 6 pm. May and September will have shortened hours. Stop by for great interpretive tours from our volunteers!
Please note: Because the Hatchery’s attractions operate with the help of local and traveling volunteers, hours may vary or be shortened without notice.
From I-90 Interstate: Exit 12 travel West on Jackson Blvd, Turn left on Canyon St, Continue south six blocks.
From Spearfish Canyon: Hwy 14A – Turn left at stoplight on Colorado Blvd, Turn left on Hudson St, Turn left on Canyon St. -drive 6 blocks to City Park.
NOTE: Spearfish Canyon via Winterville Road to Canyon Street is closed to thru traffic during summer months, as noted on map.