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The two RV Gypsies
stopped to admire Pactola Lake
in Pennington County, South Dakota
May 19, 2016

Pactola Lake is the largest reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is created by the Pactola Dam. At the bottom of Pactola Lake is the submerged town of Pactola, an old mining camp and site of several military bivouacs during the original settlement of the Black Hills in the mid-1870s.

The lake is located on Rapid Creek in Pennington County, South Dakota. The lake provides the water supply for the Rapid City Metro Area. It is owned and operated by the US Bureau of Reclamation, with the various recreational facilities operated by the US Forest Service, and is one of the recreational areas of Black Hills National Forest. Boating and fishing are very popular, with a walk-in fly fishing area located on Rapid Creek below the dam.

The small town of Silver City is located at the upstream end of the lake; downstream on Rimrock Highway and Rapid Creek are the communities of Johnson Siding, Hisega, Upper Hisega, Placerville, and Big Bend.

The Visitor Center was closed when the two RV Gypsies were here. Many things just do not open until after Memorial Day.

sign-Pactola Vistor Center - Black Hills National Forest an engraved stone at Pactola Lake

Below: There is a USA Flag raised on the small island shown below on Pactola Lake. The two RV Gypsies wonder who climbed up there to place the flag.

a flag on the island at Pactola Lake a flag on the island at Pactola Lake
Pactola Lake

The signs below were actually at the Welcome Center where the two RV Gypsies first entered South Dakota, not at the Visitor Center shown above.

Pactola Lake sign Pactola Lake sign

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
in South Dakota
Sites 12-15
May 15-20, 2016

You may view these adventures in any order your choose.

(There is also a link to Wyoming at the bottom of this page)

bullet S.D. Welcome Center/Rest Area/travel (site 12)

bullet Travel photos in South-Central SD

bullet Mitchell Corn Palace - site 13

bullet Badlands Petrified Gardens - site 14

bullet Wall Drug, the Jackalope and more- site 14

bullet Rapid City, The Berlin Wall, and more- site 15

bullet Bear Country USA

bullet Chapel in the Hills

bullet Cosmos Mystery Area

bullet Dinosaur Park in Rapid City

bullet Formal Gardens and sundial in Rapid City

bullet Pactola Lake, part of Black Hills National Forest

bullet Presidential Statues in Rapid City

bullet Marlins Restaurant

CAMPGROUNDS THE TWO RV GYPSIES STAYED AT IN SD

bullet Sioux City North KOA in North Sioux City, SD

bullet Hills RV Park in Plankinton, SD

bullet Belvidere East Exit 170 KOA in Midland, SD

bullet Three Flags RV Park in Black Hawk, SD

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sites in South Dakota, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Buffalo, Wyoming.