Rocky Point State Recreation Area

State: South Dakota

Address 1: C/O Black Hills Trails 11361 Nevada Gulch Road

City: Lead

Zip: 57754

Phone: (605) 584-3896

Open: Open May through October

Number of Sites: 61

Electric: 61

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

The 8,000-acre Belle Fourche Reservoir was created in 1911, when Orman Dam was constructed to store water for agricultural use. At the time of its completion, Orman Dam was the largest earthen dam in the world. In 1989, Orman Dam was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Rocky Point is the newest park in the South Dakota state park system, and opened in 2006.

The Belle Fourche Reservoir has an average depth of 25 feet with areas as deep as 60 feet when full. The reservoir is a high density walleye fishery with a several other species, such as channel catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass and tigermuskie. Anglers fishing for walleye often report high catch rates all year long.

Nature days camps are designed to expose young participants to an assortment of memorable activities that relate to the outdoors. Whether in the form of environmental education or simply enjoying a recreational outing, every camp is geared toward having fun. Each camp takes place on a Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and begins at the Day Use Area. Reservations are required and must be made by calling (605) 641-0023. The scheduled Nature Day Camps are designed for kids between the ages of seven to twelve. Younger participants are welcome to attend; however, anyone under the age of seven needs to be chaperoned by a parent or guardian.

Recreation: Camping. Boating. Fishing. Picnicking. Playground.

Fishing/Boating: Fish cleaning station. One high water and one low water boat ramp. Lake well-known for its walleye. Also supports yellow perch, channel catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass and tigermuskie. License required.