The scene: Almost 15 miles south of Deadwood, surrounded by ponderosa pines, lies Roubaix Lake (pronounced “row bay”), one of only a few lakes with swim beaches in the Black Hills.
The clean, secluded lake is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and fishing for trout. But because it’s a small lake, motorized boats are not allowed. The site also offers 56 camping units which can be reserved in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Getting there: From Rapid City, take state Highway 44 west, then go north on U.S. 385 north. Turn left on Robaix Lake Road (yes, the road name is spelled without the u). To get to the campground, continue on Robaix Lake Road then take Forest Road 255 to Loop C.
Expert tip: At about 5,500 feet in elevation, the area is still cool even in the summer, so campers should bring warm clothes and blankets. Anglers should throw for rainbow trout that are present in abundance.