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Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

Lake Hiddenwood

Melting glaciers carved the valley of Hiddenwood Creek. Traditionally, this area was home for several American Indian tribes. Early explorers crossed this area on their way between Big Stone Lake and the Rocky Mountains. The first European settlers named the area because no trees were visible on the vast prairie until they reached the crest of the hills overlooking the valley. In 1927, the Department of Game and Fish used a new technique called an earthen dam to make Lake Hiddenwood, one of the first artificial lakes in South Dakota.

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Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

Selby, SD

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.549856
Long: -99.985001

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Lodging Info

Campsite details

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Drinking water
  • Electric campsites
  • Picnic Shelter


Fishing and Boating Access Map

Fishing License Required

  • Panfish

Park Specs


North central South Dakota: 5 miles NE of Selby off US Hwy 12/83 


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round