US Fish & Wildlife Service



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Published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1-2, (2001)


Established in 1896, DC Booth Historic NFH, formerly Spearfish NFH, is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country dedicated to fish culture and resource management. The 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 partnership to help preserve the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's historic and cultural heritage.

Today, DC Booth Historic NFH serves as a living fishery museum to the public and many organizations. Still rearing trout for the Black Hills through a cooperative effort with the State, the hatchery also serves to protect and preserve fishery records and artifacts for educational, research, and historic purposes, and provide interpretive and educational programs for the public.