BEAR GULCH, SD

This former individual campground-turned group campsite is isolated among the forested Black Hills of South Dakota, overlooking a private bay on the Pactola Reservoir. Great for group events with up to 60 people, there are eight individual tent sites around a central parking area....
Status: Open through Sat Sep 06 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • These campsites are non-electric sites. Generators may run from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. only.
  • The campground has a gate that is locked. Reservation holders must to go to Pactola Campground Loop C site 15 (campground host site) to secure a gate key and instructions for entry into Bear Gulch. There is a $20.00 refundable key charge.
  • Pets are allowed, but there is a $2 fee payable upon check-in.
  • 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.
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BEAR GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 40 40 Back-In
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

This former individual campground-turned group campsite is isolated among the forested Black Hills of South Dakota, overlooking a private bay on the Pactola Reservoir. Great for group events with up to 60 people, there are eight individual tent sites around a central parking area. The summers are pleasant, and the bay provides a great way to cool off on sunny days (summer temperatures range from highs in the mid-80s, to lows in the mid-50s). It can be reserved from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Natural Features:

The campground is in a small canyon surrounded by large Ponderosa pine trees on the southern side of the Pactola Reservoir, the largest reservoir in the Black Hills. This canyon was cut from years of water drainage from the surrounding mountains, forming steep slopes on either side of the road leading to the camping area.

A variety of wildlife call the Black Hills home, including mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk and wild turkey. Osprey, also known as fish hawks, are a bird of prey that feed on the abundant fish in the lake.

Recreation:

Pactola Reservoir is an 800-acre lake, great for water skiing, swimming, fishing and even scuba diving. There is no boat ramp at the campground, but there is a separate marina where you can rent a boat and two boat ramps nearby on the main reservoir. Pactola Point Swim Beach, the Osprey Trail trailhead and a visitor center are within a short drive of the site. Fishing for such sought-after species as brown, rainbow and record lake trout is popular at the reservoir. There is also fishing in nearby Rapid Creek.

Facilities:

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.

Nearby Attractions:

Bear Gulch is centrally located within the Black Hills and its many forests, lakes, mountains and rivers and sightseeing destinations. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway are all under an hour away.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Custer State Park

Booking Window
Wed Sep 03 2014 - Sun Aug 30 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 16 2014 Sat Sep 06 2014
Peak Mon May 18 2015 Tue Sep 08 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • RV Parking
  • Tent sites
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Activities
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 16 2014 -
Sep 06 2014
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $85.00
Peak Season
May 18 2015 -
Sep 08 2015
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $85.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.07444, -103.52556
44°4'28"N, 103°31'32"W

From Highway 385 take Custer Gulch Road to Forest Service Road 251. Travel six miles to Forest Service Road 253 (Bear Gulch Road). Go three miles to the end of the road and campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BEAR GULCH
PO BOX 1168
HILL CITY  SD  57745

Phone Number:

Information:  (605)574-4402