Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery

Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery produces trout and salmon for stocking across South Dakota. Trout and salmon are not native to South Dakota. High fishing pressure, low natural reproduction, and limited food supplies create the need for stocking.

The hatchery began operations in 1928 and produces over 100,000 pounds of fish each year. An enclosed spring provides 6,000,000 gallons of 52-degree water daily. After being used at the hatchery, the water eventually flows into Rapid Creek.


  • Open for visitors Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • No fish are visible for public viewing.
  • Interpretive signs at the hatchery allow for self-guided tours.
  • Tours are available only for large groups and must be scheduled well in advance.
  • 4725 Jackson Blvd.
    Rapid City, SD 57702