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Pactola Lake / Reservoir in South Dakota

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

A good friend of mine introduced me to the kayak. She is a retired recreation adviser and has taught concerning operation of the kayak. It was a beautiful calm day and the experience and sights and wildlife spotting was wonderful. I am now hooked.

The Black Hills National forest is full of reservoirs, streams (Rapid Creek) etc. which are undiscovered sources of outdoor fun and discovery. Please pass this on to your reviewers. I found this website in the AARP magazine and will now use as advisory on my future purchase of my own kayak if not this year then next as I will do more with my friend and her equipment until I have a little more experience.

A very economical destination vacation great people you will fall in love with the hills. Be sure to go to Rochford - an old miinig town with the oldest saloon (Moonshine Gulch Saloon) in the Hills and headwaters of the Rapid Creek. SWEET


Numerous hotels rooms, cabins, camp grounds...
This is a vacation destination with as little or as much human contact as you would like with much water access


no fees for the National forest, lakes streams or gov. campgrounds; Private businesses do charge


Black Hills National Forest is in Western South Dakota with Rapid City the host city and gateway for access


A complete website of the Black Hills National Forest or the Tourism Department of South Dakota, Rapid City Tourism etc.

An under-discovered water-use mega world!

Trip Details

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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