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SOUTH DAKOTA SWIMMING HOLES
(10 PLACES)
UPDATED 10/2014


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HOT SPRINGS AREA
[3 PLACES]
(HOTA)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS RAPID CITY, HOT SPRINGS
STATE SD
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes in Rapid City and nearby. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Varies - see below.
FEE Varies - see below.
FACILITIES Varies - see below.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Several N. F. campgrounds west of Rapid City off RT 385.
BATHING SUITS Required or customary
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City:

EVANS PLUNGE [EVAN]: Indoor (commercial - with fee) naturally-warm (87 degrees) mineral water pool with hot tub and slides. The springs continue to flow up through the pebble bottom of the site’s pool. At the flow rate of nearly 5,000 gallons per minute, Evans Plunge is never the same water, changing entirely every half hour, ensuring fresh clean water at all times. The mammoth spring at the north end of the pool is the original spring that Native Americans used for drinking water and year-round source for bathing, believing it had the power to heal. WEB SITE . Address: 1145 North River Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747 Phone: 605-745-5165. LAT, LON :lat= 43.44143, lon=-103.48053(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

CASCADE FALLS [CASC]: Swimming place at bottom of falls fed by natural spring (always 67 degrees) at a National Forest picnic area. Clean, clear, warm water. Parking lot, restroom, picnic tables, path to falls. WATCH OUT FOR POISON IVY. From the town of Hot Springs, go south on RT 71 (Cascade Rd.) for 8 miles to signs for Cascade Falls Picnic Area. LAT, LON :lat= 43.31878, lon=-103.5620(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

ANGOSTURA RECREATION AREA [ANGO]: State Park featuring Angostura Reservoir (water levels may be low) and camping. WEB SITE . Angostura Reservoir is a water-lover's haven with breathtaking, scenic views. Offering crystal clear waters, 36 miles of shoreline, and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state, the area boasts many water sports and summer fun activities - camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. There may be both official and unoffical beaches here, no details. Entrance fee charged. All facilities provided. Address: 13157 N. Angostura Road, Hot Springs, SD 57747. Phone: 605.745.6996. Ten miles southeast of Hot Springs off RT 385/18. LAT, LON :lat=43.345873, lon= -103.4(source: Web site) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014. CONFIDENCE
Varies - see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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MOUNT RUSHMORE AREA
[2 PLACES]
(MTRA)

PHOTOS BELOW
TOWNS RAPID CITY, KEYSTONE
STATE SD
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes near Mt. Rushmore and the town of Keystone. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Varies - see below.
FEE Varies - see below.
FACILITIES Varies - see below.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Several N. F. campgrounds east and west of Mt. Rushmore
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City, head south on RT 16 to Keystone, then:

HORSETHIEF LAKE [HORS]: Just down the road from Mt. Rushmore, this is a great place for a 30 - 60 foot cliff jump into water that is said to be plenty deep. PHOTO , PHOTO . Here is a report from a visitor in 2009: "You can walk in from the road. It gets gradually deeper for about 10 feet and then just drops straight down to the 15 feet level quickly. To get up the rocks you can access them close to the road and climb up to the 30' elevation rather quickly. Then the 50 or 60 foot jump is just a walk up the same rock near a tree. The water is plenty deep enough."

"We were out there a few weeks ago. Then some people stopped and drove head first into the water. Then they did a backflip. It was a great time. Here are some better pictures to post which gives a good idea on the height which was 30-50 feet depending on where you jumped from."

From Keystone take RT 244 west (pass Mt. Rushmore) and go about 5 miles and the lake will be at the bottom of a hill on your left. When looking at the lake the jumping cliff is on the right. Parking is right next to the road in a pull off, and the lake is just over the guardrail, and its an easy climb to the top. LAT, LON : lat= 43.89408, lon=-103.48069(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

HIPPIE HOLE [HIPH]: (AKA "Big Falls") Huge pool at the bottom of Big Falls on Battle Creek. Very popular - some trash and glass - wear river shoes. Cliff to jump from. YOUTUBE (video shows very dangerous activity - not recommended). We have two sets of directions for this, the first way seems better.

FIRST WAY: From Keystone go east on RT 40 (Madill St) through old Keystone and drive about 3 miles then turn north (left) on Rockerville Rd. and after another 3 miles turn east (right) onto (unknown name) road. Follow this road about 1.25 miles then turn south (right) and follow this road to the end (about 1 mile) at a parking area for Hippie Hole. LAT, LON (of parking): lat= 43.89642, lon=-103.3652(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Park and follow he trail down to Battle Creek (BEWARE of POISON IVY) then downstream to the waterfalls and swimming hole (walk is only about .25 miles each way). Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

SECOND WAY: From Keystone go east on RT 40 (Madill St) through old Keystone and drive about 4 miles (past the turnoff on Rockerville Rd., above, and crossing over Battle Creek) and park in a circular gravel road (Parking: 43.886,-103.372). Hike north on the trail down into the canyon to Battle Creek (BEWARE of POISON IVY). Careful- The trail is steep in areas. When you reach the creek, stay on the trail to the waterfalls and swimming hole. Uncertain of this way. Not verified. Updated 1/2014. CONFIDENCE
Varies - see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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OAHE DOWNSTREAM
(OAHE)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS SIOUX FALLS, RAPID CITY, PIERRE
LAT, LON lat=44.43059, lon=-100.3992(Map) (accuracy:Approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE SD
WATER Missouri River
TYPE River/Lake
DESCRIPTION Swimming opportunities in tailwater area of dam. BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF STRONG CURRENTS.
AREA Oahe Downstream Recreation Area (Corps of Engineers)
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, boating
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Several camgrounds at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City, go east on I-90 to Exit 212 then north on RT 83 to Pierre. Near Pierre go west (left) on RT 34/14 a short way then north (right) on RT 1806 to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area. Swimming places are here (no better directions).
CONFIDENCE Uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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RAPID CITY AREA
[3 PLACES]
(RAPA)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS RAPID CITY, NEMO
STATE SD
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes in Rapid City and nearby. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Varies - see below.
FEE Varies - see below.
FACILITIES Varies - see below.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Several N. F. campgrounds west of Rapid City off RT 385.
BATHING SUITS Required or customary
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City:

CHAPEL LANE [CHAP]: Reputed (not sure) swimming place in Rapid Creek on the west side of Canyon Lake. To get here from Rapid City, go west on RT 44 (Jackson Blvd.) past Canyon Lake on the left and Blessed Sacrament Church on the right then take the next left onto Chapel Lane. Immediately there is a bridge over Canyon Creek and the swimming place is to the west side (right) of this bridge in the creek. Not sure how you access this swimming place. Be respectful of private property. LAT, LON :lat=44.05954, lon=-103.2954(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Uncertain. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

STEAMBOAT ROCK [STER]: Swimming place in Boxelder Creek at a National Forest picnic area. From Rapid City, take W. Chicago St. and continue straight onto S. Canyon Rd. then onto Nemo Rd.. STay on Nemo Rd. as with twists and turns to signs for the Steamboat Rock Picnic Area (all told, this is about 17 twisty miles from Rapid City) LAT, LON :lat=44.15647, lon=-103.46529(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

NEMO [NEMO]: Swimming place in Boxelder Creek near Nemo. From STEAMBOAT ROCK (above) continue west on Nemo Rd.to the town of Nemo. In Nemo, go west on RT 140, keep right to stay on RT 140 (dont continue straight onto Blue Draw Ln.) and cross the bridge over Boxelder Creek. The swimming place is near or just past this bridge in Boxelder Creek. LAT, LON :lat=44.19310, lon=-103.51584 (source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Uncertain. Not verified. Updated 1/2014. CONFIDENCE
Varies - see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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SPEARFISH CANYON
(SPEA)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS RAPID CITY, STURGIS, SPEARFISH
LAT, LON lat=44.38632, lon=-103.91470(Map) (accuracy:General Area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE SD
WATER Spearfish Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Swimming opportunities creek in scenic canyon. Dont have specific locations, drive down canyon and look for places.
AREA Black Hills N. F.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Water Play
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Several campgrounds south of here in the National Forest.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City, go west on I-90 to Exit 12 at Spearfish. Take RT 14 (E. Jackson Blvd) into Spearfish then turn south (left) on Main St. to stay on RT 14. Then turn south (right) again to stay on scenic RT 14 (Spearfish Canyon Hwy.). You will soon be running alongside of Spearfish Creek in the Black Hills N. F.. There are several swimming holes along this road. No more specific directions.
CONFIDENCE Uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014


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