D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery
||About 65 miles via I-90
||An hour or so
||Anytime. Open all
||US16A & US16 east to
I-90. I-90 West to Exit 14. Follow 14A south and
signs to hatchery.
||Historic home and museum
|| You might
be surprised to find that this attraction isn't
what you expect. Visitors have been coming to the
D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery for more than 100 years
just to enjoy the park-like setting. You also get
a chance to feed the fish and see them swimming
behind huge underwater windows.
The hatchery is one of the oldest
operating hatcheries in the country dedicated to
fish culture and resource management. It
originally was constructed to stock trout
populations in the Black Hills and operated as in
that role until mid-1980s.
Today is is operated
by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as an
historic and cultural heritage center and museum.
It is called a "living fishery museum" that
still rears trout for the Black Hills. It
also is a museum of fishery records and
artifacts for educational, research, and historic
Info: Call 605-642-7730 or write to
D. C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery, 423
Hatchery Circle, Spearfish, SD 57783.