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Spend a Day Out on the Water in the Black Hills

Jun 4, 2024 | Experiences | Keating Resources


Make the Most of Summer Days at Deer Mountain Village at One of These Nearby Lakes or Reservoirs

Spend a Day Out on the Water in the Black Hills

There is nothing quite like a day on the lake in the summertime. While Deer Mountain Village and the Black Hills of South Dakota are known for their lush forests and stunning mountain views, they also feature multiple lakes and reservoirs nearby, providing an ideal setting for anyone looking to escape their routine and dive into the joys of summer. Whether you’re hoping to spend a day on the boat or soaking up the sun on the beach, be sure to add one of these four lakes during your time in the Black Hills this summer.

Pactola Reservoir

Halfway between Custer and Deadwood is Pactola Lake, the largest reservoir in the Black Hills spanning 800 acres. With its deep, clear waters, Pactola offers excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, or camping. The surrounding area, with its picnic spots and hiking trails, provides a scenic view of the Black Hills National Forest, making it a perfect spot for a family outing or a peaceful day of reflection on the water.

Sheridan Lake

With its calm waters and sandy shores, Sheridan Lake is an ideal destination for families and individuals looking for a leisurely day by the water. The lake's extensive facilities, including boat rentals, a swimming beach, and picnic areas, ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Fishing enthusiasts will find Sheridan Lake a rewarding spot, with a healthy population of trout, perch, and other fish species. It is surrounded by dense forest and serves as a gateway to numerous hiking and biking trails. This lake is only an hour's drive from Deer Mountain Village, allowing the convenience of planning either a half-day or full-day excursion.

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Sylvan Lake

Located on the western edge of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake is renowned for its breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by granite formations and pine-covered hills, swimming here is like a dream. Visitors have the option to rent paddle boats or canoes as well fish on the lake. . The lake's easy walking trail offers a leisurely hike with stunning views, making it a must-visit for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Belle Fourche Reservoir

While technically, this body of water is just outside the Black Hills National Forest, Belle Fourche Reservoir is only 25 miles north of the town of Spearfish and an hour from Deer Mountain Village. This 8,000 acre reservoir cover 58 miles of shoreline, allowing visitors endless opportunities to explore and discover the beauty of this area.

Enjoy a Day Out on the Water

There’s nothing better than spending the day on the water surrounded by beautiful mountains and breathtaking forests. Each of these lakes offers something slightly different while still allowing visitors to relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Whether casting a line in the early morning light, taking a ride out on the water, or simply enjoying the view from the shore, the lakes near Deer Mountain Village offer an unparalleled outdoor experience. So grab your gear, choose your lake, and prepare for a day of adventure and relaxation in the stunning setting of the Black Hills.

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