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Horse Thief Lake

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Address: Black Hills National Forest Hwy 385 South, Keystone, SD
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Right off the road

This is a nice little lake not far at all from Mount Rushmore National Monument. A kick stop and a short walk can be very refreshing.

Reviewed 4 November 2016
William O
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

This is a nice little lake not far at all from Mount Rushmore National Monument. A kick stop and a short walk can be very refreshing.

Thank William O
Marietta, Georgia
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Horsethief Lake is very close to Mt. Rushmore (2 miles), so it is a popular place. The lake sits like an opalescent jewel amid rounded granite boulders and dark conifer forest. A campground has thirty-six sites that are well shaded and dispersed near the lake. Amenities are typical of other Black Hills National Forest campgrounds: gravel area to put your... More 

2 Thank Carol A S
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Can't say much more than Horse Thief Lake is a beautiful a beautiful lake. Located just past Mt. Rushmore.

1 Thank Antiochann
Gillette, Wyoming
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

It's a beautiful place by the lake. They have a campground very cozy and in the middle of nature. One of my favorite places around there.

Thank susanna547
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We were taking a drive by Mt Rushmore and found a small parking spot next to this beautiful little lake. Went down the stairs to a well maintained trail lakeside. Several spots to fish or just sit and enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Very easy trail.

Thank midwestcouple_12
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Thank you for ruining what could have been a nice lunch. There was nearly no one at the lake, and when we saw an open picnic table, we thought it would be perfect. Apparently we walked past a sign that said campers only. You saw us headed that way when you were mowing but didn't say anything. Was it really... More 

1 Thank BraveSue80
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

We stopped on the way to Mount Rushmore so I could take a few pictures. My dad and I walked down to the shore, which were down a staircase. The blue water with rocky terrain and trees make some good pictures.

Thank Frank D
Denver, Colorado
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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

You must pass the lake if traveling on Rt. 244 but to really appreciate the spot a quick drive in on Palmer Creek Road is recommended as is a walk along the shoreline trails.

Thank Doug K
Taylor Mill, Kentucky
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had no reservations but arrived early enough to get a nice campsite. The location is convenient to all areas in black hills. Campground hosts are amazing. Very friendly and extremely helpful. Pit toilets are clean. No showers.

Thank Gerald B
Columbus, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Beautiful lake in a beautiful Black Hills setting. We walked along the shore line. Gorgeous! Definitely a "must do".

Thank roadtripping4us

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