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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

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Address: 423 Hatchery Circle, Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone Number: +1 605-642-7730
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Even With Exhibits Closed, Worth A Visit

We recently went to this fish hatchery even though we knew the exhibits were closed. To see all of the trout, from little guys to fully grown ones was really quite amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Tommy B
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Finger Lakes, New York
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Finger Lakes, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recently went to this fish hatchery even though we knew the exhibits were closed. To see all of the trout, from little guys to fully grown ones was really quite amazing. There are story boards throughout the grounds that gave us more than enough information to know what goes on here as well as its history. The fish hatchery... More 

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harrisburg, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I enjoyed seeing the fish, especially when they were jumping out of the water to beat the others to food being tossed in. The second pool was full of enormous fish and they could be seen from the below-ground window. Unfortunately, at the end of September, the buildings were all locked up so I couldn't go inside or see any... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Tour by foot at your leisure while absorbing history of the hatchery as it was in its heyday. Still an inviting and restful location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by in the morning during the middle of the week. It was very quiet and not a lot of people were around. It was the off season, so all the buildings were closed, but we got nice views of the fish and the water was so clean and clear! There's a couple of short trails with overlooks that... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Been to hatcheries in NY before, this place was beautiful! And had a lot of cool features for viewing trout. Trout seem to be the only fish there. Grounds are pretty! Wedding photos were being done during our visit. And for free! I would have paid admission for this, $5 dollars would be very appropriate fee given all the maintaining... More 

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Henrico, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Glad we stopped More than other fish hatcheries. Copy of original transport train very interesting. History of how they captured the eggs. Transported them to th e hatchery and then stocking the streams.

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Thank Baileyh0
Hurley, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is a great place to take older kids. There is a ton of history to learn about, and a few surprises that most people do not know about our state. If the kids start to get board, for a quarter, you can feed fish and watch them jump out of the water.

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Ft. Pierre, SD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Was free but we did spend a couple of dollars on fish food. My grandson loved feeding the fish and the ducks. It was beautiful area.

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Thank fragilmystic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Free admission, a buck or two for a bag of fish food if you want, and you've got yourself an easy-going half hour to an hour, depending on how much you want to linger and wander around.

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This place is great for those interested in history to those enjoying fish hatcheries. From the replica of an early Fish Train Car to the Fish Ponds and Fish runways. Parking and Entrance is free. In addition to the hatchery and train fish car, there is the historic Booth home (note; I did not tour the Booth Home).. The volunteers... More 

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