Pactola Reservoir Complex


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    Pactola Reservoir is located 15 miles west of Rapid City. It is the largest and deepest reservoir in the Black Hills National Forest, boasting 14 miles of shoreline and 150 foot depths on 800 acres. (Photo by Bradley Block/USDA FS)

The Bureau of Reclamation manages the dam and water. Record lake trout are caught each year. Large brown trout are caught in Rapid Creek above and below the reservoir. Facilities include a full service marina with gasoline, oil, groceries, and food service. Forest facilities include an 88 unit campground, a group campground, swim beach, picnic areas, two boat launches, a paved accessible trail, day use trails and portions of both the Centennial and Deerfield trails. Fly fishing below the spillway is exceptional. A National Forest Visitor Center on the south side of the dam is open seasonally and provides visitors with information about the building of the dam and forest management.

Reservoir water levels and boat ramp data can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation website for Pactola and Deerfield Reservoirs:  http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/

At a Glance

Fees: See day-use fee information; campground fees variable
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Rapid City, SD
Operated By: Forest Recreation Management

General Information

Directions: Take State Highway 44 from Rapid City, South Dakota, 15 miles west, turn left or south on 385; travel 2 miles to the dam

Recreation Map

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Activities

Campground Camping

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RV Camping

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Group Camping

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Lake and Pond Fishing

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Pactola Reservoir provides the opportunitiy to fish for rainbow, brown and lake trout.

River and Stream Fishing

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Ice Fishing

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Pactola Reservoir provides a great setting and the opportunity to fish for rainbow, brown and lake trout.

Day Hiking

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Picnicking

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The Pactola Point Picnic Ground is located on the south shore of Pactola Reservoir, near the Marine Store and Pactola Point Swim Beach.

Boating - Motorized

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The Pactola Reservoir Complex has two boat launches and a marina.

Boating - Non-Motorized

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The Pactola Reservoir Complex has two boat launches and a marina.

Swimming

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The Pactola Point Swim Beach is a sandy beach located on the south shore of Pactola Reservoir.

Waterskiing

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Ice Skating

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Ice skaters can enjoy their sport on Pactola Reservoir. Ice conditions fluctuate and skaters are reminded to use caution when travelling over the ice.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.077

  Longitude : 
-103.494

  Elevation : 
4600