Black Hills Lakes
The Black Hills of South Dakota are located in the extreme south western portion of the state. This unique geographical region provides a great change from the prairie wonderland we call the great plains. With tall pine trees and mixed deciduous forests the Black Hills are a vacation destination. The major city in the area is Rapid City and host several major retailers including Cabela’s. Other communities include Spearfish, Deadwood, Belle Fourche, Hill City, Custer, Hot Springs, and Sturgis known for it’s legendary motorcycle rally. There are numerous lodges and resorts in the Black Hills that provide you with great options on your next trip. The Black Hills National Forest has many unique camping sites. Also, Custer State Park has some great lodging opportunities. The lakes of the Black Hills are scattered throughout the region and include pristine water. Pactola Reservoir located in Pennington county is a travel favorite. Sylvan Lake located in Custer State Park hosts large granite outcroppings with crystal clear water. There are three major streams in the Black Hills. Spearfish Creek in the northern Black Hills host the majority of the areas waterfalls. Rapid Creek located in the central Black Hills runs into Pactola Reservoir then through Rapid City. Custer Creek located in the southern Black Hills has a rich gold prospecting history. Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout are all stocked into the lakes and streams in the Black Hills. Fly fishing is a great idea to test your angling skills. Other game species including Bass and Walleye are stocked in local lakes. Orman Dam located outside of Belle Fourche has the best walleye fishing in the area. The Black Hills of South Dakota is not an exceptional place for fishing, however the scenery and cultural history are world class.