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South Dakota whitewater, Spearfish Creek

Lawernce county, City Park to Evans Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     1.5 miles
Attempting to find someone in Spearfish to talk to about kayaking near Nash Street Bridge and find photo or memmory of old bridge before 1998.  Jerry Says Jerry Boyer

This stretch of Spearfish Creek is 1.5 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of South Dakota and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The river winds through the Black Hills and you get great
    scenery. There's camping available near Spearfish Creek. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The put-in location is a short drive from Spearfish, there's a road
map further down the page with more info on that. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and  
kayaking in South Dakota is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Spearfish Creek without first going for a hike along the Beaver Ridge Trail. At Spearfish Creek you always meet someone from Spearfish, and you can go for a hike on the Big Hill Ski Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Terry Peak. Spearfish Creek is in close proximity to Hungry Hollow Gulch which is definitely worth stopping at. Spearfish Creek is pretty dried up ordinarily.

Spearfish Creek, City Park to Evans Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Spearfish Creek.
 Whitewater Near Spearfish Creek:
Spearfish Creek, Lawernce County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 1.5 miles long (City Park to Evans Park)
Redwater, Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class I(II) - 3 miles long (Highway 85 to first bridge)
Whitewood Creek, Lawerence County, 16 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 8 miles long (Highway 14A to Whitewood)
 Ski Areas Near Spearfish Creek:
Terry Peak, South Dakota , 8 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near Spearfish Creek:
Days Inn Spearfish, Spearfish , 1 miles away
Best Western Black Hills Lodge, Spearfish , 1 miles away
Travelodge Spearfish, Spearfish , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn SPEARFISH-CONVENTION CENTER, Spearfish , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Spearfish SD, Spearfish , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Spearfish Creek:
Spearfish City Campground, Spearfish, 0 miles away
Mountain View Campground, Spearfish, 1 miles away
Spearfish KOA Kampground, Spearfish, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Spearfish Creek:
Big Hill Ski Trail, Lawrence , 6 miles away
Beaver Ridge Trail, Lawrence , 10 miles away
Rim Rock Trail, Lawrence , 11 miles away
Iron Creek Trail, Lawrence , 12 miles away
Bear Gulch Trail, Lawrence , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Spearfish Creek:
Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer - SD , 40 miles away
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone - SD , 44 miles away
Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Spearfish Creek:
Spearfish Canyon Golf Course, Spearfish , 0 miles away
Lead Country Club, Lead , 10 miles away
Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club, Spearfish , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Spearfish Creek
Dry Lake Pond, Lawrence , 13 miles away
Belle Fourche Reservoir, Butte , 17 miles away

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