Located 12 miles south of Lemmon, near the North Dakota/South Dakota border, Shadehill has a public-use area, camping, picnic areas, a trailer dump station, swimming, boating and hiking. The reservoir is one of western South Dakota’s few large lakes and available fish species include walleye, catfish and bass.
The dam, built in 1951 by the Bureau of Reclamation, creates more than 5,000 surface acres of water, creating fun for everyone.
Shadehill Recreation area is located 14 miles south of Lemmon off SD Hwy. 73.
Many historic figures have crossed through the Shadehill area. In 1823, Hugh Glass was attacked by a grizzly bear in this area, which is documented in the novel Lord Grizzly. George A. Custer, who led an expedition of 1,000 men into the region, camped near Shadehill in 1874.