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! Open daily late-May to late-Sept. Grounds open year-round. Free attraction.
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives provides many exciting visitor opportunities, as well as gives back to the local community.
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives welcomes visitors to the historic, federal, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hatchery and museum for an educational closeup view of the fish production process!
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.
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. Guided tours through the historic buildings are available through September from 9am to 5pm, on a rolling as-come, as-needed basis. 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.
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.
The Booth Society manages visitor services, the volunteer program, educational and outreach programs, coordinates the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Program, coordinates special events and community outreach, manages retail sales, advocates for the hatchery, coordinates rentals in Ruby’s Garden, and supports Friends Groups nationally. As a non-profit, citizen-based group, the Society relies on donations, sales, and City subsidy funding to promote to promote, preserve, and enhance the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.
The Booth Society does not own the fish hatchery, the Society serves as a nonprofit friends support group for the hatchery and works closely with the entity that does own the hatchery - the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Programs supported by the Booth Society include:
- Volunteer Program – Buildings open during summer season
- Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program
- School Educational Tours and Bus Tours
- Hatchery Special Events: Family Creek Fair, Father’s Day Brunch, Hatchery Holidays
- Annual Garden Party Social and Auction
- SD Junior Duck Stamp Program
- Generations Endowment
- Grounds Maintenance and Improvement
- Grant Writing
- Friends Group Support for Refuges and Hatcheries