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Description - Angostura Reservoir is a water-lover’s haven in the southern Black Hills. With plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming, this recreation area attracts visitors to its clear waters and natural sand beaches. The dam was built in 1949 by the Bureau of Reclamation across the Cheyenne River for irrigation purposes but paved the way for recreation. The word “angostura” is Spanish for “narrows.”

Attractions - Four campgrounds offer a variety of camping opportunities along the reservoir's shores. Cascade CG (in the north unit) and Horsehead (in the south unit) are the larger of the four. Cheyenne CG (in the north unit) and Hat Creek CG (in the south unit) are the smaller of the four. Six cabins overlook the reservoir.

Angostura is one of the few large reservoirs in western South Dakota. The lake's crystal waters and strong fishery make it a popular vacation area. The average depth is 29 feet and the deepest portion of the pool is 75 feet deep when full. The lake's average summer temperature is 66 degrees F. The reservoir has 36 miles of shoreline and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state. This is a major attraction for many visitors.

Resort Information

Angostura Resort Management provides concessionaire services to the park through a marina with 3 locations and 155 boat slips, a beach club, four rental lodges with outdoor pool and a full service floating convenience store in the marina. The facility is privately operated under agreement with the Division of Parks and Recreation. Contact by phone: (800) 364-8831.

Nearby Attractions

Custer State Park, George S. Mickelson Trail

Mammoth Site in Hot Springs

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Wind Cave National Park

Recreation - Open year-round See site link for current fees

Park entrance license required:

Camping : 168 sites (145 electrical) in four campgrounds. Five accessible sites. Five tent-only sites. Showers. Water. Two dump stations.

Camping Cabins: Six cabins, four wheelchair accessible. Each sleeps four people.

Reservations: (800) 710-2267 or www.CampSD.com. Up to 90 days prior to arrival. Campsites May to Sept. Cabins year-round. Group reservations available, open Nov. 1 for upcoming season.

Recreation/Day Use: Bike trail. Nine-hole disc golf course. Accessible hiking trail. Horseshoe pits. Three accessible picnic shelters. Playground equipment. Game/equipment checkout.

Swimming/Beaches: Extensive sandy beaches. Ski beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Boating: Two fish cleaning stations. Four boat ramps. Accessible fishing dock. Lake well-known for its walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie. Also supports northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill. License required.

Location - Located 10 miles SE of Hot Springs off US Hwy 385/18

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Contact Information:
Angostura Recreation Area , HC 52 Box 131-A , Hot Springs, SD , 57747, Phone: (605) 745-6996
, Angostura@state.sd.us

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