Standard (tent/RV)
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Dutchman

Dutchman Campground, located in a shady Ponderosa pine forested area on the northeast edge of Deerfield Reservoir at 5,000 feet. This camp is an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation in Black Hills National Forest. Sites in the campground are widely spaced, but do not have views of the lake. Of the 3 campgrounds in the Deerfield Recreation Area, this one is the most RV-friendly.

Recreation

Black Hills National Forest offers recreational opportunities for all ages. Guests can take advantage of opportunities for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on moderate terrain.

Open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, the 10-mile Deerfield Lake Loop Trail encircles Deerfield Lake, traversing the forested shoreline. It offers fantastic views and opportunities for birding and picnicking.

Across the lake, Deerfield Trail connects Deerfield Lake with Rapid Creek and Pactola Reservoir. Sites including a log flume, cabins, mines, tunnels and railroad grades provide visitors with a glimpse into the area's history.

Deerfield Reservoir is an ideal spot for fishing and boating. The lake supports populations of stocked rainbow and native brown trout.

Facilities

Dutchman Campground has sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. The campground has picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water; however, electrical hook-ups are not available. Lake access is within walking distance. Deerfield Lake is a no wake lake.

Natural Features

Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves.

Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Jewel Cave is currently the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world.

Other possible day trips include Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Devil's Tower National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

Charges & Cancellations

No refunds will be given for weather or related events.

ADA Access: N

Sites
45
Price
$20.00 - $40.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Dutchman is located in South Dakota
Latitude
44.0244 N
Longitude
-103.7822 W
Get Directions
Directions
Take Forest Highway 17 (Deerfield Road) for 16 miles northwest of Hill City, South Dakota.
4 Reviews of Dutchman
Nice campground without hookups

We stayed September 5-9 . It was peaceful & enjoyed our stay. This campground has no hook ups. Most of the campground was closed except for about 10 sites. They stay open for hunters & fall campers. It was 20 a night which is spendy for no hook ups or comfort stations.The have vaulted toilet & water for personal use not for camper.We hiked around the lake & kayaking and fishing.

Nice campground

We camped here Memorial Day weekend. It’s a nice campground. The host was not there so it was a little difficult to get firewood. The bathroom was really far from our campsite, but other than that, it was a very peaceful weekend.

End of Summer

This is a delayed review. Went there last August with some friends. They stayed in a tent, I slept in my hammock. Campground is tucked in the woods but in walking distance of the beautiful Deerfield Lake. Camp sites are well maintained, large, and separated enough to not bother your neighbors.

First to Review
Remote car camping site

The Black Hills area is beautiful. This campsite is in the pines and near a serene lake. Good wildlife here and nearby. Tons of stuff to do in this area, though I just hiked and wished I had a kayak. Campground has nice and basic amenities, clean, well cared for, about typical privacy. Wasn't crowded when we were there in September, though you might want to make a reservation. This was my favorite frontcountry site in this part of the state, highly recommended.