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Cold Brook

Cold Brook Reservoir outside of Hot Springs is a great place to fish or just swim around.

Chris Huber, Journal staff

Cold Brook Recreation Area is located about two miles north of Hot Springs. This quiet, secluded area is an outdoor lover’s dream.

The Cold Brook Reservoir sits at the center of the property. This body of water is formed by the Cold Brook Dam; an earthen dam is 127 feet tall and 925 feet wide. The structure was built in 1953 as a flood prevention measure.

The lake formed by the dam is a popular fishing spot for locals and tourist alike. It boasts a number of pan fish species along with trout and pike.

Visitors can canoe or kayak the clear waters or fish from shore. Swimming is also popular and a sandy beach is nestled in the west side of the lake.

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Picnicking and camping are also popular with visitors. The property boasts 13 campsites along with multiple picnic areas and playground equipment. Campsites are available from May 15 to September 15. Campers can register on site.

Wildlife viewing is always an opportunity in the Black Hills. Whitetail and mule deer frequent the area along with turkeys, birds of prey and many other animals. A lookout is perched on the east side of the lake. It allows for drive up access and spectacular views from high above the lake. 

An archery range sits on the hillside east of the entrance road. Established in 1973 by the Fall River Archers, the range is open to the public for free. It has 14 targets. Each target has multiple rages it can be shot from, varying from 10 to 70 yards. The Fall River Archers host a group shoot every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  at the range from May to September. The public is welcome to these events.

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