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South Dakota whitewater, Rapid Creek

Pennington county, Big Bend to Hiesga section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     3 miles
 
Short season for this river.. From about April to the end of June are about the only suitable months due to normally very low water levels.†Two parts to this creek though. Above or below Pactola reservoir. Below is going to be regulated by how much water there letting out and above can be much better, depending on how much rainfall or snow runoff there is. Says Chace

The starting point is not too far from Rapid City. The natural
    beauty of South Dakota and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch of Rapid Creek in South Dakota is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II(III)
section. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Big Bend to Hiesga section is just one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in South Dakota tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're  
in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The campgrounds here at Rapid Creek are pretty good. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Rapid Creek there are plenty of folks from Rapid City; if you're looking for a wonderful spree, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is quite near. Rapid Creek is typically a quite dried out spot.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rapid Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rapid Creek:
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 0 miles away
      Class II - -blank- miles long (Pactola spillway to Johnson Siding)
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 0 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Johnson Siding to Big Bend)
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Heisga to Dark Canyon)
Battle Creek, Pennington County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (Harney to Hayward)
 Ski Areas Near Rapid Creek:
Terry Peak, South Dakota , 48 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near Rapid Creek:
MainStay Suites Rapid City, Rapid City , 1 miles away
Cambria Hotel & Suites Rapid City, Rapid City , 2 miles away
Comfort Suites Rapid City, Rapid City , 2 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Rapid City, Rapid City , 2 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Rapid City, Rapid City , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rapid Creek:
Berry Patch RV Campground, Rapid City, 1 miles away
Pactola and Sheridan Lake, Rapid City, 3 miles away
Lazy J RV Park and Kampground, Rapid City, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Rapid Creek:
Flume Trail, Pennington , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rapid Creek:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone - SD , 15 miles away
Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer - SD , 33 miles away
Custer State Park, South Dakota , 17 miles away
Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota , 26 miles away
Angostura Recreation Area, South Dakota , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rapid Creek:
Lacroix Links YMCA Golf Course, Rapid City , 3 miles away
Arrowhead Country club, Rapid City , 3 miles away
Executive Golf Course, Rapid City , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapid Creek
Sheridan Lake, Pennington , 20 miles away

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