Belle Fourche Reservoir

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Belle Fourche Reservoir

South Dakota

(605) 773-3391

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Overview

Visitors to the reservoir enjoy fishing, picnicking, swimming, and boating. Belle Fourche Dam and reservoir are features of the Belle Fourche Project. The reservoir is located on Owl Creek, about eight 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 primary historic site is Belle Fourche Dam, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. An interpretive area on the dam's south side contains exhibits and displays about the dam's construction, and there is a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp located near the dam that later served as a World War II Prisoner of War camp. The reservoir has approximately 8,040 water surface acres, 6,694 land acres, and 58 miles of shoreline. Available fish species include walleye, catfish, and white bass. The reservoir is surrounded by the Belle Fourche National Wildlife Refuge and the Rocky Point Recreation Area.

Map of Belle Fourche Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 44.736381, -103.717748

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can boat on the reservoir. There are boat launches in the parks around the lake. The reservoir has approximately 8,040 water surface acres.

  • Camping

    There is camping at Rocky Point Recreation Area, which is located on the shore of the reservoir.

  • Fishing

    Available fish species include walleye, catfish, and white bass.

  • Historic Sites

    The primary historic site is Belle Fourche Dam, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. An interpretive area on the dam's south side contains exhibits and displays about the dam's construction, and there is a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp located near the dam that later served as a World War II Prisoner of War camp.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed in some of the land around the reservoir. Visitors should check with the individual parks to get information on hunting regulations.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in many of the campgrounds around the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    There are opportunities for winter sports, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, at some of the parks around the lake.

Seasonality/Weather

The area is open year-round. In the summer, high temperatures average around 89 F, with lows around 52 F. In the winter, highs are around 15 F and lows are about 11 F. May and June are the wettest months.

Directions

Driving

Eight miles east of Belle Fourche, SD on US 212. The city of Belle Fourche is about 57 miles north of Rapid City, SD using I-90W to SR-34, to US-85 to US-212

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 773-3391

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