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.
Bear Gulch was formerly an eight-site single family campground, but has been converted into a group campground available for one group reservation at a time. It is primitive, but comfortable. There is a brand new accessible toilet and hand pump for drinking water. Six out of eight sites within the facility were originally designated for tent-only camping and still serve that purpose with a flat area, picnic table and fire ring at each site. There are a few places to park an RV around the central parking lot, however turning is very tight. There is no electrical hookup. Vehicles must travel down nine miles of dirt roads to reach the facility. Hill City is the nearest town for additional amenities, and Rapid City is 20 miles away.
South shore of Pactola Reservoir; adjacent boat launch and Osprey Trail; 1/2 mile to showers. Laundry is located at the marina store.
Directions: map below
To access the Pactola Campground from Rapid City, travel west on State Highway 44 for 15 miles. Turn left, or south, onto US Highway 385 and travel two miles to Custer Gulch Road. Turn right, or west, onto Custer Gulch Road and travel two miles.
The Pactola Campground has 83 camping sites, including 4 accessible sites. Group camping at Bear Gulch up to 60 people. The campground is located in an open ponderosa pine forest, adjacent to the reservoir.
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
Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment, and tires before using lake or trails
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.
Pet Policy: pets are allowed in campground facilities.
Pets must be:
1. Leashed at all times
2. Not allowed @ beaches / day use area
3. Cannot be left unattended
4. Proof of rabies may be requested upon check in
Camp Site Details:
Site Type: STANDARD NONELECTRIC
Site Reserve Type: Site-Specific
Check-in Time: 2:00 pm
Check-out Time: 1:00 pm
Type of Use: Overnight
Min Number of People: 1
Max Number of People: 8
Pets Allowed: Domestic
Max Number of Vehicles: 2
Driveway Surface: Gravel
Driveway Entry: Back-In
Max Vehicle Length: 35
Capacity/Size Rating: Single