Lakota Lake is located southeast of Keystone, SD, on US Highway 16A (Iron Mountain Road), within the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. It is a small, non-motorized lake and a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. A hitchrail is provided for horses, along with access to Iron Creek Trail #15. Several picnic tables offer a scenic view of the lake. Lakota Lake Road was upgraded in fall 2021. The Great American Outdoor Act provided funding for the reconstruction of the road going into the day-use area, the parking area and needed gate repairs. The project reconstructed the road to two-lanes, fixed drainage issues, eliminated ruts, resurfaced the road and parking, added barriers, and replaced non-functional gates. Black Hills Back Country Horsemen of South Dakota assisted the Forest with installing hitch rails and a map kiosk at Lakota Lake in fall 2019.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Lake and Pond FishingRecreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
Lakota Lake provides opportunities for fishing for rainbow trout.
Ice FishingRecreation areas with activity Ice Fishing:
PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Picnicking:
Boating - Non-MotorizedRecreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:
Ice SkatingRecreation areas with activity Ice Skating:
Ice skating is allowed on all lakes in the Black Hills National Forest, although none of the lakes are groomed for ice skating.