Pactola is a place to enjoy life. The lake sets within the backdrop of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Outdoor fun is in every direction.

Pactola Lake Cemetery:
West of Jenney Gulch picnic area.

Pactola Visitors Center:
Scenic view of Pactola Reservoir - Exhibits - info

Boat Launches:
Jenney Gulch - Non Motorized - donation
North Boat Launch - Motorized - $6 fee
Restroom - Concession - Slip Rental
South Boat Launch - Motorized - $6 fee
Restroom - Lots of Parking

Dam Info:
Completed: 08/15/1956
Height: 230 feet
Length: 1255 feet
Spillway crest: 1232 acres

Lake Info:
Area: 800 acres
Temps: 30 deg. to 70 deg.
Depth: +150 feet
Shoreline: 14 miles
Elevation: 4600 feet
Inlet: Silver City Creek, Rapid Creek & Castle Creek 
Outlet: Rapid Creek


Camping Reservations - Must be made online at: Reserve America

Black Hills Visitor Information Center - (605) 343-8755


Pactola Marina - (605) 343-4283


Black Hills Parks & Forests Association - (605) 745-7020


Black Hills National Forest Supervisors Office (605) 673-9200

Marina: 
Pactola Pines Marina, Inc.
Store: South Marina & North Marina 
Boat Slip Rentals
Boat Rental:
Pontoons, Fishing Boat & Canoe 

Swimming Area:  
Pactola Point - Sandy Beach

Pactola Lake

Deadwood Point

Bear Gulch Camp Site:
Group Camping - 60 people

Campgrounds:
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day
No hook ups, Restrooms - Showers - Laundry
Pactola Lake Camp Area: 
83 Sites - $24 fee 

Pactola Lake is a place to enjoy life. The lake sets within the backdrop of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Outdoor fun is in every direction.

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Picnic Areas:
Jenney Gulch Picnic Area:
8 sites, donation
Pactola Point Picnic Area:
10 sites, $6 fee
Veterans Point Picnic Area: 
4 sites, No Fee