Description

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.

Give yourself plenty of time to explore the area by reserving a campsite, cabin or the two-bedroom lodge. Planning your stay is easy when you use the online system. The two-bedroom lodge at Shadehill Recreation Area is a favorite for family retreats and hunting groups. The furnished lodge sleeps up to 10 people and is air-conditioned and heated. It can be reserved a year in advance. The cabins, which accommodate four people, also have heating, air conditioning, electricity and a fire grate and picnic table outside. Campsites all come with electricity and access to comfort stations with showers and flush toilets.

To take advantage of the large inviting lake at Shadehill Recreation Area, guests may hit the beach, use the boat ramp and fish for walleye, smallmouth bass and crappie. The town of Lemmon, 12 miles away, is home to the Petrified Wood Park and Museum and the annual Boss Cowman Rodeo and Tent Celebration.

Amenities

Onsite

  • Pull Thru Available
  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • Lake
  • River
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Courtesy Dock
  • ADA Accessible
  • Groups Welcome
  • Pets Welcome
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Credit Crd Accepted

Nearby

  • Horse Facility
  • Chapel Services

Recreation

Onsite

  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Limited
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Boating - Watercraft
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Games
  • Sailing/Windsurfing
  • Scenic Driving
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Nearby

  • ATV/OHV/Mtcy
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Biking - Road
  • Entertainment
  • Golfing
  • Trap/Skeet Shooting

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We ( my three kids 13,11,& 3,and I)stayed in a cabin for two nights. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The weather was perfect. We loved the fire pit, the view of the lake. The kids enjoyed the playgrounds and swimming. Next time I would bring the kid's bikes. The cabin was very clean and cozy. I was surprised to find a microwave so that was nice. The bathroom and showers were acceptable. None of us wanted to leave.
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Rambler11
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Shadehill Trip
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We love coming to Shadehill each fall for some peace & quiet!
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prairie dogs
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Labor Day Camping Experience
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Shade Hill is one of my favorite camping spots. The draw back is that we were there camping with family. There were 5 unoccupied spots between the camping spots and our camper. Online the spots showed booked. When we inquired with the camp host about moving closer (to one of these unoccupied spots) we were told it was not an option. Locals sometimes book spots all weekend long and spots are considered reserved whether they are occupied or not. That is completely understandable. I would suggest that SD implement something along the line that a spot can not be unoccupied for more than 24 hours or it becomes open/unreserved for others. This is similar to many camping sites in ND. I know of many who had wanted to camp at Shade Hill but were unable to because everything was reserved. However we were disappointed to see so many unoccupied spots that that those who wanted to camp could have used.
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ND Camper
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Reviewed 09/04/2014
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Nice place
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Love the campground. Was quiet. Only feedback to the SD state parks would be to have a better reservation policy. Had several camping spots open with no one in them all of Labor Day weekend but no one showed up. We had several family members there but spread out all over the park and couldn't move to unused spots to be closer because they were reserved but the spots sat empty for the 5 days we were there. Implement something like "If you don't show up within the first 24 or even 48 hrs of your reservation they will be canceled and open to some one else" especially on a busy holiday weekend that is booked months in advance.
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ND campers
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Reviewed 09/01/2014