Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

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Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 845-7112

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Lake Hiddenwood is situated in a small, wooded bowl and features a quiet campground, opportunities for fishing, and a historic picnic area. Melting glaciers carved the valley of Hiddenwood Creek. Traditionally, this area was home to several American Indian tribes. Early explorers crossed this area on their way between Big Stone Lake and the Rocky Mountains. The first European settlers named the area because no trees were visible on the vast prairie until they reached the crest of the hills overlooking the valley. In 1927, the Department of Game and Fish used a new technique called an earthen dam to make Lake Hiddenwood, one of the first artificial lakes in South Dakota. Besides enjoying the serene lake, visitors can use the three hiking trails in the park. Two of the trails follow the shore of the lake, and the third leads to an interesting rock formation.

Map of Lake Hiddenwood Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.522676, -100.386547



  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to the lake.

  • Camping

    There are thirteen campsites available on a first come, first-served basis.

  • Fishing

    Fishers find panfish in the lake.

  • Hiking

    There are three trails in the park: the Hidden Beauty Trail, Split Rock Creek Trail, and Blue Blanket Trail. The Hidden Beauty and Blue Blanket Trails follow the shores of the lake while the Split Rock Creek Trail leads away from the lake towards an interesting rock formation.

  • Historic Sites

    The area is full of places mentioned by Lewis and Clark in their journals. On the west end of the lake there is an interpretive shelter with information about the history of the lake, which was used by American Indians, European explorers, and American settlers.

  • Picnicking

    There are four picnic tables around the lake and two picnic shelters.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach on the southern end of the lake, but there is no lifeguard.


The park is open year-round but it has the most to offer in warmer months.



Located 5 miles NE of Selby off US Hwy 12/83.

Phone Numbers


(605) 845-7112