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Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

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NOTICE: Park currently closed; entrance road impassable.

Melting glaciers carved the valley of Hiddenwood Creek. Traditionally, this area was home for several American Indian tribes. Early explorers crossed this area on their way between Big Stone Lake and the Rocky Mountains. The first European settlers named the area because no trees were visible on the vast prairie until they reached the crest of the hills overlooking the valley. In 1927, the Department of Game and Fish used a new technique called an earthen dam to make Lake Hiddenwood, one of the first artificial lakes in South Dakota.

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  • Basketball
  • Basketball Checkout
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Fishing
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  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 second vehicle (with coupon) | $80 transferable license

    Purchase Online

  • Campsites - electrical: $15 per night
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

Park Size: 13 campsites

Directions: 5 miles Northeast of Selby off Hwy 12/83

Nearest Town: Selby

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Selby, SD
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Park Closed

The bridge and dam were washed out by heavy rains, making the access road to the park impassable. The park is closed indefinitely as officials assess future access options.
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 45.54985
Longitude: -99.985
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