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Another Beautiful Lake in the Black Hills

We were on our way to Crazy Horse coming down the hill you come upon this beautiful, tranquil lake... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kenneth C
Palm Beach, Florida
Geese in a lake

This recreation facility is in the Black Hills National Forest. The daily fee is $6 per vehicle... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on our way to Crazy Horse coming down the hill you come upon this beautiful, tranquil lake, there are a couple of areas to pull off and admire the view. Everyone of our group took several pictures, a must stop! Your time here...More

Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

This recreation facility is in the Black Hills National Forest. The daily fee is $6 per vehicle. There are no facilities except for the restrooms but this is the most beautiful lake nearby. The water is crystal clear and the bottom is cobblestones so you...More

1  Thank BUGI_70
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Had an amazing fun time at Pactola Lake with my friends. The marina made it super convenient to rent kyacks. The people are super friendly and the lake is beautiful, I highly recommend renting from them :)

Thank Oliviafacenda
Reviewed 22 July 2018

took my grandkids swimming there and the water is awesome as well as the scenery. there is a 6.00 parking fee which goes back to the lake for upkeep which is fine!

Thank Connie G
Reviewed 18 May 2018

This lake is very beautiful, we came upon it by accident and we thought it lovely. We stopped at the visitor's centre, it wasn't really open but the staff were there preparing for the season and hey we're really friendly and gave us ideas for...More

2  Thank UlverstonJanet
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Pactola Lake is another beautiful place in the scenic Black Hills area. It is located off Highway 385 between Lead/Deadwood and Keystone or Hill City. It is actually a large reservoir. What a great place to experience the great outdoors. Many opportunities are available –...More

1  Thank jgluv2travel
Reviewed 3 May 2018

This is a reservoir, rather than a natural lake. Yet, it seems to fit well into its environment. It offers beautiful views, little coves and inlets that would offer many hours of exploration. Another part of the Black Hills that I want to see with...More

Thank Chileice
Reviewed 25 August 2017

This lake is beautiful. Clear and blue. The water is a bit cool, but refreshing on a hot day. They allow recreational boats on this lake. The beach is a bit rocky, so bring sandals or shoes. Day pass cost I believe was <$10 per...More

1  Thank JoFlatlander
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

It's beautiful. Nearby trails offer some great hikes and scenic views. Trails include rockslides and some cool manmade tunnels you hike through.

Thank PAHWestfield
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is one of the most beautiful places in the black hills and reach this while going from Keystone to Spearfish going through the scenic route. The route all along is excellent with a number of beautiful places. The lake is very big and have...More

Thank PNRao
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Connie G
1 June 2018|
Response from jgluv2travel | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I googled "Pactola Lake SD boat rentals" and a few sites came up that rent boats, kayaks, and more. Hope you find the info needed at one of the websites.
3 June 2015|
Response from pactola999 |
Yes there are charcoal grills.