You would think if you have seen one fish hatchery, you have seen them all…. not so! This historic hatchery in Spearfish SD was established in 1896 and still produces 60,000 trout to stock waters in South Dakota and Wyoming. It also serves as a living fisheries museum for the public. We strolled over from the campground along the creek that supplies the races full of small fry at the hatchery. We walked the acres of beautiful grounds, toured each interesting building, viewed the exhibits, fed the fish and ducks, visited with the volunteers, purchased a gurgle pot at the gift shop and generally had an excellent time learning more about the history of this portion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services heritage.
What’s the story behind the Gurgle Pot?
Several years ago, it’s creator Matt Ellison, discovered an interesting fish shaped pitcher that ‘gurgled’ while attending his brother’s wedding in Southern France. Every time he would pour water out of the pitcher into a glass, it would gurgle, bringing smiles to those sitting around the table.
After the wedding, he returned home to the states and began trying to recreate the unique fish shaped pitcher and the unique gurgling sound that he had encountered while in the South of France. ‘Ten years, two kids, 15 molds and one typhoon off the coast of China later…’ the Gurgle Pot was born!