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part ofBlack Hills National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Tue Sep 08 2015   Season Dates


Sheridan North Cove Group Campground is situated in a forest of Ponderosa pine along the north shore of Sheridan Lake. This is an ideal setting for large groups and gatherings.

Lake views and access to a multitude of recreational opportunities both on land and water draw guests to this part of Black Hills National Forest.

Natural Features:

Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves.

Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.


Black Hills National Forest offers a multitude of recreational opportunites throughout all seasons. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. Winter landscapes are ideal for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling.

The Dakota Point Trailhead for the popular Centennial Trail is located on the northeast side of Sheridan Lake, as is the Calumet Trailhead for the Flume Trail.

At 11 miles (plus a 3-mile loop), the Flume Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail because of its historical significance to the local people. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and the trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way are historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself.

Sheridan Lake is an ideal spot for fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing. The lake supports populations of rainbow, brown trout, northern pike and perch. Fly fishing is popular in Spring Creek below the dam, and ice fishing is popular on the lake in winter.


Sheridan North Cove Group Campground has 5 group sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Several sites have views of the lake.

The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. Electrical hook-ups are not available.

The north shore has a marina with boat slip rental, groceries and fishing supplies. A large swimming beach, a picnic area and boat launch are also on-site. Fishing piers are located in various areas around the lake.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world.

Other possible day trips include Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Devils Tower National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bait Shop
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Slips
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Historic Sites
Know Before You Go
  • These campsites are non-electric sites. Generators may run from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. only.
  • Non-reservable sites may be available on a first come, first served basis
  • Each site has its own toilets and parking area
  • Please register at the entrance booth; if the booth is unattended, please drive through to the campground and register with the camp host
  • A pet fee of $2 per pet per night is required upon check in
  • Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment, and tires before using lake or trails
  • No refunds for inclement weather
  • Click here for more information about Black Hills National Forest.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.9855, -103.47007
43°59'8"N, 103°28'12"W

To access the Sheridan Lake North Group Campground from Rapid City, travel south (west) on US Highway 16 for 18 miles to Three Forks. Turn right, or north, onto Highway 385, and travel 3 miles to Sheridan Lake Road. Turn right, or east, onto Sheridan Lake Road, and travel 1 mile to the north shore.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 1168
HILL CITY  SD  57745

Phone Number:

Information:  (605)574-4402
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