Angostura State Recreation Area - Flat Water Paddling

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Angostura State Recreation Area, near Hot Springs South Dakota, has 36 miles of shoreline and the best sandy beaches in the state.

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Abbie Mood


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Destination Distance From Downtown

51.6 miles


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The water is calm and the paddling is easy.

Time To Complete

2 hours

Spend a couple hours or a couple days at Angostura State Recreation Area.



The park is open year round, but summer is the best time to go out on the water.

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


The fee is $6 per day, per vehicle or $30 for an annual pass.



Angostura Recreation Area, 10 miles southeast of Hot Springs, South Dakota, has 36 miles of shoreline and is one of the few large reservoirs in the western part of the state. Open year round, the area is best in the summer — great for a day of paddling, sunbathing, and even hiking! There is a marina with a resort  and four campgrounds along the reservoir. Angostura also has a fishery that is known for walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, and also supports northern pike, largemouth bass, perch and bluegill.

What Makes It Great

When you think about landlocked South Dakota, flat water paddling, swimming, and sunbathing might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the Angostura State Recreation Area is one of the best reservoirs in the western part of the state. Just 10 miles away from the town of Hot Springs, Angostura is a popular water recreation site in the summer. With 36 miles of shoreline and an average summer water temperature of 66 degrees, it's a great place to spend a day (or a weekend) out on the water. The water is calm and clear, and the reservoir is big enough to get away from the crowds, even on a busy day.

You can rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle board on-site, and there are also campsites available if you want to stay for the weekend!

The reservoir has four boat ramps, but there is also a resort with a marina that offers 155 boat slips, a beach club, six rental lodges with an outdoor pool and a convenience store. 

Who is Going to Love It

Angostura State Recreation Area is fun for just about anyone. Want a peaceful day on the water? Check. Want to spend the day on the beach with your family? Check. And if you get tired of sunbathing, there's even a hiking/biking trail to stretch your legs.

They also offer nature day camps once a month for children 7-12 years old.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Angostura Recreation Area is 10 miles southeast of Hot Springs off US Hwy. 385/18.

There is no lifeguard on duty, so swim at your own risk.

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