Annual Recreation Pass for Black Hills National Forest Facilities
Many picnic grounds, trailheads, and other recreational areas in the Black Hills National Forest have no day use fee. However, some developed areas do charge a fee (listed below). If you visit these recreational sites frequently, you may want to purchase an annual day use pass. Choose the option that best reflects your usage pattern. These passes are for USDA Forest Service facilities located within the Black Hills National Forest fee areas and should not be confused with South Dakota State Park Passes.
Standard Pass ($25) | Premium Pass ($40)
Annual day use passes are also available by mail from Forest Recreation Management (FRM), PO Box 1168, Hill City, SD 57745. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
These passes are not transferable between vehicles.
STANDARD ANNUAL DAY USE PASS - $25
(1/2 price with the Interagency Senior/Access Pass)
If you do not have an annual day use pass, the fee in these areas is $5 ($2.50 with Senior/Access Pass). Day use passes are available at the day-use recreation areas from the staff and/or at the self-service pay stations.
- Bismark Day Use Area
- Cook Lake Picnic Ground
- Custer Trails Trailhead and Boat Ramp
- Dalton Lake Shore
- Dutchman Cove Boat Ramp
- Lakeshore Picnic Ground
- Lakota Lake Picnic Ground
- Mountain City Picnic Ground
- Roubaix Lake Picnic Ground and Beach
- Spring Creek Picnic Ground
- Steamboat Picnic Ground
- Strawberry PIcnic Ground
PREMIUM ANNUAL DAY USE PASS - $40
(1/2 price with an Interagency Senior/Access Pass)
If you do not have an annual day use pass, the fee in these areas is $7 ($3.50 with Senior/Access Pass). Day use passes are available at the day-use recreation areas from the staff and/or at the self-service pay stations.
- ALL Standard Pass areas
- Calumet Trailhead
- Pactola North and South Boat Ramps
- Pactola Point Beach and Picnic Ground
- Sheridan North & South, Picnic Grounds, Boat Ramps, Beaches
- Sheridan South Fishing Access
Under a special use permit, FRM operates Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and other recreation facilities. FRM has been operating these facilities since 1999.