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Horse Thief Lake

Black Hills National Forest Hwy 385 South, Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-4402
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beautiful, campground staff-not so much

walking around the lake looking for the trailhead, I was going up a hill (toward campground) but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ReGina G
Lewes, Delaware
Beautiful lake

We visited on Sunday 9/3/2017, the water is amazingly clear but a very nice way to spend an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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“pit toilets” (4 reviews)
“lake trail” (3 reviews)
“trail starts” (2 reviews)
Black Hills National Forest Hwy 385 South, Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-4402
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

walking around the lake looking for the trailhead, I was going up a hill (toward campground) but wasn't aware I was in wrong direction. An older woman on a fourwheeler came racing down the hill yelling at me. "Stop, turn around and go back, you...More

Thank ReGina G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on Sunday 9/3/2017, the water is amazingly clear but a very nice way to spend an afternoon

Thank smreeves99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trail access around lake. Multiple fishing docks. Peaceful spot. No fee for access. Camping and picnic sites as well.

Thank rickm565
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there is a parking place on the road right behind Mt Rushmore. They have steps that lead down to the lake and a trail sidewalk trail that goes around the lake. Beautifl for taking pictures

Thank gmaof2boys
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove around the lake and it is beautiful from all sides. Very quiet and serene. The views of the lake are spectacular so it is worth the drive, and it gives you something else to do when you are in that area. There are...More

Thank nancygtfoot
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Wonderful clean camp! Quiet, peaceful and spectacular beauty! oart of national Park system. Glorua and Larry are wonderful camp hosts who know the area and great directions!!! Thank you

Thank Melinda D
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We stumbled upon Horse Thief Lake as we were returning from visiting several area attractions. it was in the 90's, so when we saw the lake we just decided to jump in. There are no facilities that we found, so we put our bathing suits...More

1  Thank brimel
Reviewed 22 June 2017

boardwalk all the way around the lake, people were swimming and fishing, saw a bunch of crayfish, took a bunch of pictures. beautiful granite along the path.

Thank csegarra
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We did a quick 'drive-by' of this lake whale in the area. So pretty. It was very foggy with steam coming off the water. Probably a good place for a picnic if u have time.

Thank jespence60
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We enjoyed strolling around the man-made trail on the lake's edge and watching turtles and birds. We then tried hiking Horse Thief Lake Trail, but only made it 3/4 of a mile before the trail became hard to follow - we ended up turning around...More

2  Thank 424darcief
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19 March 2017|
Response from Carol A S | Reviewed this property |
The only nearby showers I know about are in the hotels/motels serving the Mt. Rushmore/Keystone SD area. You would need a fishing license from the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks (see their website for an online application).
10 August 2016|
Response from Gerald B | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking outside of the campgrounds. There are trails and access to the lake for fishing.