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South Dakota whitewater, Redwater

Lawrence county, Highway 85 to first bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I(II)     3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of South Dakota and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch of Redwater in Lawrence County is 3 miles long and has been rated as a class I(II) section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in South Dakota are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are
    quite easy. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Highway 85 to first bridge section is the only paddling section along Redwater. You can pitch a tent or park your
RV at a nearby campground. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're coming from Spearfish it's not a long drive at all to the starting location. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with not too many other  
rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
There are glorious locations to explore along the Beaver Ridge Trail, and lots of people from Belle Fourche come here. Going for a hike on the Big Hill Ski Trail is always a great adventure. It is very dehydrated here at Redwater commonly. Of all the months in a year June is the one with the most rain while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation. During the long summer days at Redwater temperatures are commonly in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's with temperatures at Redwater dipping down into the 10's throughout winter nights.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Redwater.
 Whitewater Near Redwater:
Spearfish Creek, Lawernce County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 1.5 miles long (City Park to Evans Park)
Whitewood Creek, Lawerence County, 18 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 8 miles long (Highway 14A to Whitewood)
 Ski Areas Near Redwater:
Terry Peak, South Dakota , 16 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near Redwater:
Super 8 Belle Fourche SD, Belle Fourche , 0 miles away
Econo Lodge Belle Fourche, Belle Fourche , 1 miles away
AmericInn Belle Fourche, Belle Fourche , 1 miles away
Days Inn Spearfish, Spearfish , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN Black Hills Lodge, Spearfish , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Redwater:
The Playground Campground, Belle Fourche, 0 miles away
Wyatt's Hideaway Campground, Belle Fourche, 1 miles away
Elkhorn Ridge RV Park, Spearfish, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Redwater:
Big Hill Ski Trail, Lawrence , 14 miles away
Beaver Ridge Trail, Lawrence , 15 miles away
Bear Gulch Trail, Lawrence , 17 miles away
Rim Rock Trail, Lawrence , 18 miles away
Iron Creek Trail, Lawrence , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Redwater:
Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer - SD , 47 miles away
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone - SD , 49 miles away
Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Redwater:
Belle Fourche Country Club, Belle Fourche , 5 miles away
Spearfish Canyon Golf Course, Spearfish , 8 miles away
Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club, Spearfish , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Redwater
Belle Fourche Reservoir, Butte , 12 miles away

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