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Cleghorn Springs Trout Hatchery

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Distance About 30 miles
Time Needed: Say an hour or two
Best Time To Go: Anytime, open all year however the visitor center closes in late August
Directions: Take US16A east to US16 then east to Rapid City. Go west on Main Street in Rapid City then left on Jackson Blvd. (SD Highway 44) The hatchery is located just west of the Rapid City limits.
Cost: Free.
Highlights: A working fish hatchery
Description:     The State of South Dakota operates this hatchery which first opened in 1918. The hatchery may be unique in that it is located at a natural spring which produces some 6 million gallons of water per day. The hatchery produces some 500,000 trout and salmon per year. The Aquatic Education Interpretive Center is located on the hatchery grounds.
    The center open to visitors and features exhibits on the hatchery operation, fish habitat and tips for anglers. There is also a model of a flowing stream showing both harmful and beneficial human actions in the watershed and stream. Videos show the relationship between hatchery operations and fisheries management.
    Phone: 605-394-2391.

 
 
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