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Shadehill Recreation Area


Nestled on the shores of Shadehill Reservoir, Shadehill Recreation Area offers opportunities to enjoy land- and water-based activities. The reservoir is one of western South Dakota's few large lakes. The dam, built in 1951 by the Bureau of Reclamation, creates more than 5,000 surface acres of water to enjoy.

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ShadeHIll Recreation Area

19150 Summerville Road
Shadehill, SD 57638
Email: Shadehill@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.761144
Long: -102.2

Make a camping reservation


Comfort station is closed for the season.


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Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game Checkout
  • Lodge
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Crappie

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (14E, 46E, 38E)
  • Camping Cabins (C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6)
  • Lodge

Park Specs

  • Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
    • Campsites and Cabins: Available up to 90 days prior to arrival.
    • Lodge: Available up to one year in advance.
  • Open: Year-round
  • Size: 56 campsites and 7 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)


Northwestern South Dakota: 12 miles south of Lemmon off SD Hwy 73


Location Map
Campground map
Walking map

Area Attractions

  • Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area
  • The Petrified Wood Park, Museum and Gift Shop, Grand River Museum, G.E. Lemmon Park, in Lemmon
  • The Boss Cowman Rodeo and Tent Celebration, annually in July in Lemmon
  • Llewellyn Johns Memorial
  • Hugh Glass Memorial

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

  • Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license


  • $19 electrical site

Camping Cabins:

  • $40/night


  • $185 per night
  • $17 for each person over 10 people