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South Dakota whitewater, Battle Creek

Pennington county, Harney to Hayward section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     4 miles
  This section of Battle Creek in South Dakota is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV(V) section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in South Dakota are easier than the national norm, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. There's camping available near Battle Creek. There are no other stretches to paddle along Battle Creek than the Harney to Hayward stretch. There are
    nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The natural beauty of Pennington County and the water flowing gracefully down Battle Creek make the trip here worthwhile.
This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. If you're coming from Spearfish it's not a long drive at all to the starting location. The wild scenery of the Black Hills is great. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other places. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
All our national parks are magnificent spots to have a look at, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial is no exception. There are plenty of people from Keystone here at Battle Creek, and naturally, everyone loves Custer State Park. This is such a wonderful river. Near Battle Creek you find Rockerville Gulch which is a great location to visit, and the Flume Trail is a good hiking trail close by. Near Battle Creek you locate the Iron Creek Trail which is a delightful hiking trail. All through the warm days of summer highs here at Battle Creek get into the 70's, and the night is rather cooler of course, typically in the 40's.


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These outdoors activities are available near Battle Creek.
 Whitewater Near Battle Creek:
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 15 miles away
      Class II - -blank- miles long (Pactola spillway to Johnson Siding)
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 15 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Johnson Siding to Big Bend)
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Heisga to Dark Canyon)
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Big Bend to Hiesga)
 Ski Areas Near Battle Creek:
Terry Peak, South Dakota , 38 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Battle Creek:
Sheridan Lake Marina, Rapid City , 9 miles away
Pactola Pines Marina, Rapid City , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Battle Creek:
Econo Lodge Near Mt. Rushmore Memorial, Keystone , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MT RUSHMORE/KEYSTONE, Keystone , 5 miles away
Mt Rushmores White House Resort, Keystone , 5 miles away
Ramada Keystone Near Mt Rushmore, Keystone , 5 miles away
Roosevelt Inn, Keystone , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Battle Creek:
Strato Rim Overlook Campground, Pennington County, 2 miles away
Rushmore Shadows Resort, Rapid City, 3 miles away
Mystery Mountain Resort, Rapid City, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Battle Creek:
Flume Trail, Pennington , 3 miles away
Iron Creek Trail, Custer , 6 miles away
Iron Mountain Trail, Custer , 7 miles away
Blackberry Trail, Pennington , 8 miles away
Horse Thief Lake Trail, Pennington , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Battle Creek:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone - SD , 0 miles away
Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer - SD , 18 miles away
Custer State Park, South Dakota , 3 miles away
Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota , 28 miles away
Angostura Recreation Area, South Dakota , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Battle Creek:
Hart Ranch Development CO Golf Course, Rapid City , 6 miles away
The Golf Club at Red Rock, Rapid City , 6 miles away
World Class Golf, Rapid City , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Battle Creek
Sheridan Lake, Pennington , 6 miles away
Bismark Lake, Custer , 13 miles away
Dalton Lake, Lawrence , 16 miles away

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