Mato Paha or "Bear Mountain" is the Lakota name given to this site. To the Cheyenne, it is "Noahvose." This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes who come here to hold religious ceremonies. Please be respectful of worshippers and their religious practices.
Tent spots are $11.67 although when I originally researched the campground people were saying $7.00/night. The lake is right at the campground and depending on where you pick your spot, you can have a view of the lake. The butte can be seen from pretty much every tent spot. Decent sized campground overall. Outhouses were clean and campground host was really nice.
Just outside of Sturgis at the base of Bear Butte lies this small lake. Great for fishing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, access to the Centennial Trail, and minutes from the Black Hills.