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South Dakota whitewater, Rapid Creek

Pennington county, Pactola spillway to Johnson Siding section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in South Dakota is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The put-in is not too far from Rapid City. The scenic beauty of Pennington County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The Pactola spillway to Johnson
    Siding section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots.
If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Rapid City here; the views at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will blow your mind. Through the warmest time of the year, highs usually are in the 80's at Rapid Creek. Summer overnight lows
sink down to the 50's. Throughout the wintertime the highs are regularly in the 30's, and overnight lows at Rapid Creek throughout the winter ordinarily plunge into the 10's. Rapid Creek is a location that is pretty dry typically. The month with most of the rain is June, and January meanwhile is the driest month.


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These outdoors activities are available near Rapid Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rapid Creek:
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)
Rapid Creek, Pennington County, 0 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Big Bend to Hiesga)
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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