Shadehill State Recreation Area | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Shadehill State Recreation Area

  • Shadehill State Recreation Area
  • Shadehill State Recreation Area
  • Shadehill State Recreation Area

Nestled on the shores of Shadehill Reservoir, Shadehill Recreation Area offers opportunities to enjoy land and water-based activities. It's located 12 miles south of Lemmon, near the North Dakota/South Dakota border.

The reservoir is one of Western South Dakota's few large lakes and a top spot for incredible swimming, boating and fishing. The dam, built in 1951 by the Bureau of Reclamation, creates more than 5,000 surface acres of water, creating fun for everyone.

In addition to fun on the water, you can enjoy archery, biking, hiking, horseshoes, volleyball and wildlife watching.

There are 85 campsites with electricity, 7 camping cabins and a group lodge. Camping amenities include dump stations, showers, drinking water, vault toilets and picnic tables.

Hugh Glass Monument

Step back nearly two centuries and walk on the site where history was made, and one man became a legend. The Hugh Glass Monument is located on the banks of the Grand River and Shadehill Reservoir at Hugh Glass Park.

To get to the monument from Lemmon, go south on Hwy 77 for approximately 13 miles. Take a right (west) on Hugh Glass Road. The road is unpaved. Continue for approximately 3.5 miles. The monument is situated on a small pull-off, to the right, and overlooks Shadehill Reservoir.


Shadehill is open year-round, 24 hours per day.


Daily $8 per vehicle

Annual $36 first vehicle, $18 for the second vehicle, and $80 for a transferable license

Campsite (Electrical) $26 per night

Camping Cabins $55 per night

Group Lodge $280 per night


12 miles south of Lemmon off SD Hwy 73

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