If you think camping in the Black Hills, you have to think of Hot Springs. The local pride and joy for camping is the Angostura State Recreation Area, which surrounds Angostura Reservoir. Angostura offers four distinct campgrounds along shores of the reservoir and the widest selection of water sports and summer activities including swimming, boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, picnicking, hiking, and more. The majority of the campsites have electric hook-ups available and there are several one-room log-style cabins at each of the campgrounds. On the western shore of the reservoir, Sheps Canyon Campground is the newest campground and includes a horse camp, and additional boating and fishing opportunities. Park entrance license is required year-round and reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance.

Cold Brook Lake, less than a mile north, and Cottonwood Springs Lake, 5 miles west of town, are both operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and both offer non-electric campsites, group picnic areas, fishing, playgrounds, boating ramps, hiking and biking and Cold Brook also offers a beach for swimming. These two lakes are the gems of the Hot Springs area and some of the best-kept camping secrets of the Black Hills.

Within Wind Cave National Park, Elk Mountain Campground offers campers a more naturalistic opportunity to experience the prairie and forest edges of the southern Hills while camping and is highly recommended as well for the more rugged camper.

And of course there’s always a friendly face at the local Hot Springs KOA, located just outside Hot Springs on Highway 79, offering numerous amenities including electric sites, a 24-hour laundry, gift shop/camp store, rec room and a swimming pool.

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