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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum

  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
  • D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
    D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Hector Von Bayer Museum
Find Us: 
423 Hatchery Circle
Spearfish, SD 57783
Call: 
(605) 642-7730

Established in 1886, we're a U.S. Fish & Wildlife facility. We invite you to stop by to visit our free attraction! We have a museum, historic home, fisheries railcar, fish ponds, and underwater viewing windows to see trout. Shop the store and feed the fish and ducks!

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives provides many exciting visitor opportunities, as well as gives back to the local community.

Explore, learn and view wildlife with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service! With over 150,000 visitors annually, the dedicated volunteer hosts at the Visitor Center, Museum, Railcar, and Historic House bring the hatchery experience alive with educational tours. Educational programs/tours are provided for the public during business hours from 9am-5pm, May-Sept., on an as-come, as-needed basis.

D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

The Hector Von Bayer Museum is also located on the grounds of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives. The museum is housed in the original hatchery building built in 1899. The Victorian architectural style was the standard for hatchery buildings constructed at that time throughout the United States. This structure has been preserved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Booth Society and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

During the early years of the hatchery, eggs were hatched and fingerlings were reared on the ground floor - Today exhibits tell the story of American fish culture. The upper level served as living quarters for the superintendent and his family. Displays and exhibits share stories of fisheries history including hatching, rearing, feeding, stocking and much more.

Make sure to stop in and tour this interesting piece of American history during your visit!

One of the highlights of the DC Booth Fish Hatchery is shopping at The Pond Gift Shop. There is an eclectic mix of customized memorabilia, whimsical and functional items to be discovered here. Everything from unique jewelry, specialty jellies, syrups and pickles, to local honey, artwork, home décor, stickers, patches, magnets, and clothing, as well as a wide selection of books, educational games and activities for kids. Take a look!

Hours: 
Open daily late-May to late-Sept.
Grounds open year-round.
Free attraction.
Amenities: 
Gift Shop
Handicap Accessible
Meeting/Conference Space
On-site Parking
Open Year-Round
Pet Friendly
Picnic Tables
Handicap Amenities : 
Accessible Parking
Entryway (no steps)
Activity Participation

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