Angostura Reservoir is a water lover’s haven with breathtaking, scenic views. Offering crystal clear waters, 36 miles of shoreline, and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state, the area boasts many water sports and summer fun activities – camping, boating, fishing, and swimming.
Its strong fishery is well known for its walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, and also supports northern pike, largemouth bass, perch and bluegill.
Angostura Recreation Area
13157 N Angostura Rd, Hot Springs, SD 57747, United States
Angostura is open year-round, 24 hours per day.
Daily – $6 per vehicle
Annual – $30 first vehicle, $15 for the second vehicle, and $65 for a transferable license.
Suggested Equipment for Angostura Recreation Area:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Four campgrounds offer a variety of camping opportunities along the reservoir’s shores. Cascade and Horsehead are the larger of the four. Cheyenne and Hat Creek are the smaller. Eight cabins overlook the reservoir
Explore the crystal clear waters and the 36 miles of shoreline in the park. It has 155 boat slips in three different locations along the lake’s eastern shoreline. The main marina area has a very cool floating convenience store, a nice restaurant, and a swimming pool. An artificial reef marks the border of the marina area. Beyond that point, powered watercraft can go full throttle almost all over the lake. There are a number of other cartop and ramp boat launches throughout the park. These other launches are ideal for caones, kayaks, and other unpowered craft. Try to paddle out early in the morning or late in the afternoon to catch a sunrise or sunset. You’ll be glad you did.
A wide and well-marked mountain bike trail begins at the Day Use area and runs almost the entire length of the park. It’s also suitable for horseback riding and hiking. To the north, a much shorter trail leads to a scenic overlook in a wooded area. The overlook offers great views of the lake as well as the surrounding hills and grasslands. During the winter, the hiking trail becomes a snowshoe trail, and part of the camp road is open to snowmobiles. Snowmobiling over the beaches is pretty cool as well.
Walleye are perhaps the most difficult fish in South Dakota to catch and also the best table fish in the Northern Great Plains. So, they are challenging to find, put up a good fight, and rewarding to haul into the boat. Lake Angostura is one of the best walleye spots in Mount Rushmore State. Most anglers use simple bait, like minnows. Out in deeper water, try a different kind of bait, like a crankbait or jig. The large lake supports a very diverse native fishing population, including not only walleye but also crappie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, northern pike, and bluegill.
Picnic sites are available at the park.
Enjoy swimming at the Lake.
Leave No Trace
South Dakota State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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