Wednesday, April 12, 2017
TOURING THE BLACK HILLS-Horse Thief Lake
Generally we camp at national or state parks whenever possible. However, in this area the parks had no dump stations. You could pay a fee to camp there, but if you needed to dump either your camper or honey wagon you had to do so approximately five miles down the road and pay a dumping fee a a private campground.
The cost of doing that made Echo Valley Campground comparable in price to the national/state park plus you get the wifi and 50 amp hook-up compared to 30 amp at the parks.
However, Horse Thief Lake is not to be overlooked simply because of the pure beauty of it. We parked in a turnout on the highway to Mt. Rushmore that was provided just for this to spend some time just taking in the sights at Horse Thief Lake.
They have a nice boardwalk that goes around about three fourths of the lake with several small docks along the way that have benches on them.
We spent a few pleasant hours just walking on the boardwalk and snapping photos. If we were just passing through for a few days and would not need to dump the sewage we would definitely consider staying at this park.