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Water Adventure in the Black Hills

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The Black Hills are home to many scenic lakes. These lakes provide water adventures to locals and tourists alike all year-long. With numerous outfitters and lakes within half an hour from Powder House Lodge we are the perfect spot to stay for your next vacation to the Black Hills.

Keep reading to learn more about local lakes to plan the ultimate water adventure on your next trip to the area.

Lakes near Powder House Lodge

Pactola Lake:

Located just 30 minutes away from Powder House Lodge, Pactola Lake is the largest and deepest reservoir in the Black Hills National Forest. Pactola Lake boasts 14 miles of shoreline and depths up to 150 feet! This lake has a full-service marina a swim beach, picnic areas, and two boat launches. Pactola Pines Marina offers a variety of rental options including 17 pontoons, 2 fishing boats, 8 kayaks, and 6 paddle boards. Check out their website to learn more about reserving motorized and non motorized water vessels!

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Sylvan Lake:

For those looking for a scenic experience you can experience nowhere else, Sylvan Lake may be the best choice for you. Sylvan Lake is probably one of the most recognizable of the area’s lakes due to its unique rock outcroppings and stunning views. Sylvan Lake has a general store and a swim-beach. Sylvan Lake also offers boat rentals but the lake only allows non-motorized vehicles. Paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes are a regular occurrence at this Custer State Park crown jewel. Sylvan Lake is located 46 minutes away from Powder House Lodge.

Sheridan Lake:

Sheridan Lake is a warm 375 acre lake featuring the largest swim beach in the area. Sheridan Lake has 7.5 miles of forested shoreline. Sheridan Lake offers both motorized and non-motorized watercrafts to fit any kind of adventure. Sheridan Lake Marina has 9 pontoon boats, 1 speed boat, 2 aluminum  fishing boats, 2 jet skis, 3 canoes, 4 kayaks, 4 paddle boards, and multiple hydro-bikes that are available to rent from May 1- October 1. Sheridan Lake is only an 18 minute drive from Powder House Lodge and is a great spot for a summer lake day! Check out their website to learn more about watercraft rentals.

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Deerfield Reservoir:

Deerfield Reservoir is 47 minutes away from Powder House Lodge and is one of the area’s best kept secrets. The reservoir has two boat launches, two picnic areas, and is a popular destination for fishing all-year-round. The reservoir does allow for motorized watercrafts but the entire lake maintains a no-wake zone making it the perfect place for paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking. The Black Hills fully surround the lake with a variety of coves; the water temperature at Deerfield is typically colder so it is not the most popular swimming destination. Due to its location and temperature this lake is often less crowded and is perfect for people looking to be alone in nature.

In addition to most of these lakes offering their own boat rentals, the Black Hills also feature a wide variety of outfitters who can equip you and your family with everything you need to enjoy a day on the water. To learn more about the various outfitters in the area, talk to one of our employees during your next stay!

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