Deerfield Reservoir is located 20 miles west of Hill City, SD. The Bureau of Reclamation manages the dam and water. Castle Creek flows into and out of the reservoir and provides additional fishing opportunities. Ice fishing, snowmobiling and ice skating are popular winter sports here. The complex has three campgrounds, two boat launches, two picnic areas and the Deerfield Lake Loop Trail (Trail #40L). Travel on the reservoir is limited to five miles per hour and there is a no-wake restriction which provides for peaceful fishing and boating experiences.

Reservoir water levels and boat ramp data can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation website for Pactola and Deerfield Reservoirs:

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Spin, Ice; Boat Launch available

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day day use; campground fees vary
Closest Towns: Hill City, SD
Operated By: Forest Recreation Management

General Information

Directions: Take highway 17 west of Hill City 20 miles to Deerfield Reservoir; a dead end 3 mile road, FSR 607 is the first access you have to Dutchman Campground and boat ramp off Highway 17; continue on past this road a mile or two and you will come to Whitetail Loop; a campground and 2 picnic areas are on this loop.

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Winter Sports

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Ice Skating

Recreation areas with activity Ice Skating:

 Ice skaters can also enjoy their sport on the Deerfield Reservoir. Please remember that boat ramps are not plowed or maintained for access to the ice at the Reservoir. Ice conditions fluctuate and skaters are reminded to use caution when travelling over the ice. 

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation areas with activity XC Skiing/Snowshoeing:

Deerfield Trail #40.  A three-mile portion of the Deerfield Trail, also called the Crouch Line, connects Canyon City with Silver City and is suitable for cross-country sking when snow conditions permit. White spruce and ponderosa pine tower over the trail along this roadless stretch of Rapid Creek.  Wide wood bridges cross the creek several times. The Silver City Trailhead is at the end of the road, just west of the town of Silver City. Difficulty Rating: Easy.

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