River and Stream Fishing

There are 500+ miles of perennial streams on the Black Hills National Forest. Additional stream miles flow across other intermingled jurisdictions, including private, State and other Federal lands. The amount of flow in some streams is substantially reduced during dry years.

The primary streams to fish on the Black Hills National Forest are Castle, Rapid and Spearfish Creeks due to their higher and more reliable flows. Sand Creek is designated as a “Blue Ribbon Fishery” by the State of Wyoming, due to the volume and quality of its spring-fed waters and the excellent brown trout fis...

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River and Stream Fishing Areas

  • Central Hills - Rapid City area description
  • Rapid Creek Trailhead & Fishing access
  • Deerfield Reservoir Complex area description
  • Pactola Reservoir Complex area description
  • Sheridan Lake Complex area description
  • Northern Hills-Spearfish area description
  • Boxelder Creek Walk-in Fishing

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Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/blackhills/recreation/fishing/?recid=25823&actid=43