Belle Fourche Reservoir, SD

Belle Fourche Reservoir, South Dakota

Belle Fourche Dam and reservoir are features of the Belle Fourche Project. The Bureau of Reclamation reservoir is located on Owl Creek, about 8 miles east of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The name means "Beautiful Forks" in French and refers to the confluence of the Redwater and Belle Fourche Rivers.

The 8,000-acre Belle Fourche Reservoir was created in 1911, when Orman Dam ( now Belle Fourche Dam) was constructed to store water for agricultural use. At the time of its completion, Orman Dam was the largest earthen dam in the world. In 1989, Belle Fourche Dam was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Recreational activiies include fishing for walleye, catfish, and white bass, hunting, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, and historical sites. Rocky Point is the newest park in the South Dakota state park system, and opened in 2006.

The primary historic site is Belle Fourche Dam with an interpretive area on the dam's south side containing exhibits and displays about the dam's construction, and a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp located near the dam that later served as a World War II Prisoner of War camp.

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Belle Fourche Reservoir Fishingmore

Belle Fourche Reservoir Fishing
The Belle Fourche Reservoir has an average depth of 25 feet with areas as deep as 60 feet when full. The reservoir is a high density walleye fishery with a several other species, such as channel catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass and tigermuskie. Anglers fishing for walleye often report high catch rates all year long.

Belle Fourche Reservoir Campingmore

Rocky Point Recreation Area
Rocky Point Recreation AreaRocky Point is the newest park in the South Dakota state park system, and opened in 2006 on Belle Fourche Reservoir, one of the few large reservoirs in western South Dakota.

Rocky Point is a state recreation area, complete with 61 campsites (50 electrical) and plenty of recreational opportunities. Facilities include a new hard-surfaced access road and parking lots, modern campsites with electrical hookups, standard and low water boat ramps, drinking water, a comfort station with showers and flush toilets, picnic areas, a playground, fish cleaning station, vault toilets and a trailer dump station.

Rocky Point Recreation Area is open year-round. The camping facilities are open and reservations are being taken for all arrival dates through Labor Day. Camping fees are $8 for non-electrical sites and $12 for electrical sites. Campsite reservations may be made online at or by calling 1-800-710-CAMP (2267).

Belle Fourche Reservoir Map

Belle Fourche Reservoir Information

Location: 8 mi E of Belle Fourche, SD on US 212

Contact: 605-773-3391

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