Oreville Campground

The Oreville Campground has 26 camp sites and drinking water is available. The campground is located adjacent to U.S. Highway 385, on the east side of the highway, between Custer and Hill City. The Mickelson trail is nearby.

Horsethief Lake Campground

The Horsethief Lake Campground has 36 camp sites. A limited number of accessible sites are available. The is the closest campground to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and is a very popular lakeside campground.

Grizzly Bear Campground

The Grizzly Bear Campground has 20 campsites.  It is the campground located closest to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Large trailers are not recommended at Grizzly Bear Campground.  Nearby Grizzly Creek supports a population of brook trout.

Comanche Park Campground

The Comanche Park Campground has 34 sites, but only a few are open during the winter months.  This is the closest campground to Jewel Cave.

Sundance Horse Camp

The Sundance Horse Camp is a ten unit campground specifically designed for horses. Corrals and an accessible loading dock are available. The Sundance Trailhead provides access fro mthe campground to the Sundance Trails System (Trail 87) which is open for hiking, horse riding, bicycling and cross-country skiing.

Reuter Campground

The Reuter Campground has 24 campsites. Restroom facilities are available. Warren Peak Lookout Tower, approximately four miles north of the campground on FSR 838, provides a panoramic view of South Dakota and Wyoming. The Reuter Trailhead provides access from the campground to the Sundance Trails (#87) and Carson Draw Trails (#93) which are open for hiking, horse riding, bicycling and cross-country skiing.

Cook Lake Recreation Area

The Cook Lake Recreation Area has 32 camp sites and 33 picnic sites.  The lake is stocked with trout, catfish, and sunfish, and there is a wheelchair accessible pier.  There is carry-down access to the lake for small watercraft. Approximately four miles of hiking and bicycling trails are available at the recreation area.

The State of Wyoming allows open fires only if they are contained and not left unattended. Be sure that your fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Check with the local Forest Service Office for fire restrictions.

A hike to Warren Peak Lookout Tower makes a scenic day trip for visitors to the Cook Lake Recreation Area.

Day Hiking

The Cook Lake Trail is an easy 1.5 mile loop trail with some stairs and a stepping-stone crossing of Beaver Creek.  The trail circles the lake, and there are many opportunities to see various types of ducks and geese along with osprey, blue heron, and bald eagles.  In the water along the shore, very large fish called white amur are often seen.  These hybrid fish are distant relatives of carp and were introduced into the lake about 15 years ago to help control aquatic vegetation. Difficulty Rating: Easy.

The Cliff Swallow Trail is a 3.7 mile loop trail.  Cliff swallows nest in the limestone bluffs above Beaver Creek.  Look for gourd-shaped mud nests in the rock out-croppings below the ridge.  Other wildlife commonly seen along the trail include white-tailed deer, elk, and turkey. Along Beaver Creek, watch for blue herons, beaver, and water dippers. High above, turkey vultures are often seen riding the thermal drafts. Difficulty Rating: Moderate.

These trails are maintained for hiking and bicycling. They are not designed or maintained for horse use. No motorized travel is allowed.