South Dakota Area Lakes and Reservoirs

  • Angostura Reservoir

    Angostura ReservoirAngostura is one of the few large reservoirs in western South Dakota's Black Hills. The lake's crystal waters and strong fishery make it a popular vacation area. The dam was built in 1949 by the Bureau of Reclamation across the Cheyenne River for irrigation purposes but paved the way for ... Angostura Reservoir
  • Belle Fourche Reservoir

    Belle Fourche ReservoirBelle 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 ... Belle Fourche Reservoir
  • Cold Brook Lake

    Cold Brook LakeOn the south fringe of the Black Hills, Cold Brook Lake is 1.2 miles in length and its multipurpose pool contains 520 acre-feet of water. Cold Brook Lake offers a great variety or recreational activities year around including fishing, swimming, ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing, archery, ... Cold Brook Lake
  • Cottonwood Springs Lake

    Cottonwood Springs LakeCottonwood Springs Dam, SD was constructed by the Corps of Engineers to reduce flood damages in the Fall River Basin. Located just west of Hot Springs and nestled in the rugged hills and evergreen trees of the southern Black Hills, Cottonwood Springs Lake is the place to go for nature lovers. This ... Cottonwood Springs Lake
  • Deerfield Reservoir

    Deerfield ReservoirDeerfield Dam and Reservoir, located on Castle Creek, a tributary of Rapid Creek, is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir contains 400 surface acres and has 16 miles of shoreline. wth public use areas, camping, picnic areas, concession, swimming, boating, hiking, and fishing. ... Deerfield Reservoir
  • Lake Francis Case

    Lake Francis CaseLake Francis Case is situated on the Missouri River with numerous tributary streams and their embayments bordered by rugged bluffs broken by a complex of eroded canyons and ravines which afford protected boating and fishing sites. The Lake Francis Case area has become one of the most popular ... Lake Francis Case
  • Lake Oahe

    Lake Oahe Lake Oahe spans 231 miles from Pierre, the capital of South Dakota, to Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota and is surrounded by mixed grass prairie with trees growing down to the shore in occasional steep draws. Lake Oahe is the 14th-largest man-made reservoir by volume in the world with a ... Lake Oahe
  • Lake Sharpe

    Lake Sharpe One of six large lakes on the Missouri River, Big Bend Dam and Lake Sharpe at Fort Thompson, South Dakota is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Approximately 80,000 acres of public lands and water provide a variety of benefits to the public including flood control, recreation, ... Lake Sharpe
  • Lake Thompson

    Lake Thompson Lake Thompson is the second largest natural lake in South Dakota encompassing 18,000 acres. Lake Thompson was formed in the glacier age, but in the 1930s, the lake was completely dry and used for pasture. In the 1980s, the area was a 9,000-acre marsh. Heavy rains and snowmelt in the mid 80s filled ... Lake Thompson
  • Pactola Reservoir

    Pactola ReservoirPactola Dam and Reservoir is located on Rapid Creek in western South Dakota. Numerous facilities associated with outdoor recreation are provided at Pactola Reservoir, including picnic grounds, campgrounds, and boat ramp developments, in addition to a visitor center and scenic overlooks. The ... Pactola Reservoir
  • Shadehill Reservoir

    Shadehill ReservoirShadehill Reservoir is one of western South Dakota’s few large lakes. The dam, built in 1951 by the Bureau of Reclamation, creates more than 5,000 surface acres of water creating fun for everyone. The blue water of the reservior lies immediately downstream from the confluence of the North Fork ... Shadehill Reservoir