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Pactola Lake is the largest reservoir in the Black Hills and is at 4700 feet elevation. It is located along Highway 385 just north of Hill City. There are two marinas, a campground, a picnic area with a sand beach, and a handicapped fishing area at the north end. Activities include a Visitor's Center, swimming, boating, sailboating, jet skiing, fishing, and fly fishing from a walk-in area just below the dam.The lake is stocked with lake trout, brown trout, Kokanee salmon, large mouth bass, yellow perch, and rock bass. In the winter ice fishing, ice skating and cross country skiing are popular sports. There is a National Forest Service campground open one week before Memorial Day until one week after Labor Day. The campground has 84 sites with reservations available through www.reserveusa.com. There are also several private campgrounds nearby.
Sheridan Lake is a very scenic lake located at an elevation of 4,600 feet in the heart of the Black Hills. It is 383 acres in size with a marina and sandy beaches. Boat rental, bait, and camping supplies are available at the marina. Interpretive programs are given at the amphitheater several evenings during the summer. Hiking in the area includes the Centennial Trail (111 miles) and the Flume Trail (11 miles). Please see our TRAILS page for more information. There is a National Forest Service campgrond with 127 sites, some of which overlook the lake. Reservations can be made through www.reserveusa.com. There are also many private campgrounds nearby.
Deerfield Lake is a 414 acre reservoir located at 6000 feet in the higher Black HIlls. Boats are permitted on the lake, but there is no water skiing, as this is a no wake lake. Deerfield Lake is stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout. There are two hiking trails located here: Dutchman Loop Trail (10 miles) and the Lake Loop Trail (1.25 miles). For more information please visit our TRAILS page. There is a National Forest Service Campground with 44 sites available during the summer season and 10 sites available year-round. Reservations can be made through www.reserveusa.com. There are also several private campgrounds nearby.
Roubaix Lake is a small five acre lake located 13.5 miles south of Deadwood on HIghway 385. It is at an elevation of 5,500 feet. Here you'll find a sandy beach with a volleyball court and a beach house. Non-motorized boats only are permitted. Roubaix Lake is stocked yearly with rainbow trout. There is a National Forest Service campground with 53 sites available during the summer season and 13 sites available during the winter months. Reservations can be made through www.reserveusa.com. There are also several private campgrounds nearby.
Horsethief Lake is located about 10 miles south of Hill City on Rt. 244. It is 10 acres in size and at 5,000 ft. elevation. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake which is stocked with rainbow trout and perch. Hiking trails from Horsethief Lake include Horsethief Lake Trail, Centennial Trail and access to the Black Elk Wilderness Trail System. For more information please visit our TRAILS page. There is a National Forest Campground with 36 sites available for reservation through www.reserveusa.com. There are also several private campgrounds nearby.
Sylvan Lake is located in Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills. It is surrounded by huge rounded rock formations. Here you can swim, fish, canoe, take a hike, have a picnic, go rock climbing, or rent a paddle boat at the general store. Some very popular hikes such as Sunday Gulch Trail, and the Harney Peak Trail begin at Sylvan Lake.
In the winter Sylvan Lake is great for ice fishing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing.
Iron Creek Lake
From Spearfish, take McGuigan Road, which turns into Tinton Road (Forest Service Road 134) for 13 miles. You'll come to a wooden sign showing you to turn right onto Beaver Creek Road. After a half of a mile you'll come to another wooden sign showing you to make a left hand turn to Iron Creek Lake. A short drive down this road will bring you to the lake.
There are many things to do at Iron Creek lake. You can swim, lay in the sun on the sandy beach, fish, rent a paddle boat, have a picnic, camp, or hike the trail around the lake. In the winter there's ice skating, ice fishing, and cross country skiing to keep you busy.