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July 1st, 2016
Boating and Fishing
The past weeks the fish cleaning station has come out of hibernation. The fish have moved into their fall patterns. Creel surveys have boat fisherman coming off with limits of walleye in the 14-22 inch range and the occasional 27 plus inch fish. Northers are holding in the survey with come report of one in outing nothing reported or observed over 34 inches. The perch population seems to be on a rebound also. Shore fisherman however have not been having the same luck as the boaters. Some of that may the most effect method reported is that of slow trolling bottom bouncer with worms. Most of the PWC riders and tubers and boarders have disappeared until next summer.
Not a lot of camping going on a few camps in every campground. Most are being found in Tatanka. Its reservation period is over and is a first come first served campground until May. The additional cost still applies and the $5 per night amenities fee is required each night.
Keyhole is a mecca for both resident and migrating birds of all species. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of other wildlife, including mule deer, pronghorn antelope and wild turkeys. There is a marina located on the headquarters side of the lake and operated by a concessionaire. The concessionaire has pop, alcohol, groceries, bait, tackle, fishing licenses and 10 electric campsites that he reserves. There is a public boat ramp at the marina.
Saturday kicked of General Rifle Seasonal all over the state for multiple species. Be sure to check your regulation if you are going to hunt in the allowed zones on the park. Antelope for this area is open, deer and turkey however are
not until November. In a lot of the neighboring counties and hunt units deer is open along with antelope and turkey.
Keyhole Offers Many Attractions and is located on the western edge of the famed Black Hills, between Sundance and Moorcroft, and is easily accessed off I-90 at exit 165 is 6 miles North. Or take exits 153 or 154 in Moorcroft then Hwy 14 north six miles then Hwy 113 east to County rd. 205 Pine Ridge rd. then it is 2 miles north on Pine Ridge Rd. Within sight of Devils Tower, Keyhole State Park is situated along the southeast shore of Keyhole Reservoir and offers excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. Keyhole is also a mecca for both resident and migrating birds of all species. Visitors have the opportunity to view many types of wildlife including mule deer, white-tailed deer, and wild turkeys. A marina is located on Headquarters Road, adjacent to the lakeshore.
Keyhole State Park is open year round and offers nine campgrounds that are all overlooking the lake. There are more than 170 sites with tables and grills. Most of the sites will handle large R.V.'s and trailers. Tent or R.V. camping is possible at all sites. Some of the sites are in the trees and some are out in the open.
Water and trash services are discontinued at the following areas on September 30. Restrooms and electric services are still available. The roads to Coulter Bay, Wind Creek, the marina, Pat's Point, Tatanka and Rocky Point are plowed in the winter. Arch Rock: There are 14 campsites with gravel pads, one universally accessible site with cement pad, fire rings, picnic tables, a restroom and water hydrants spaced through out in the campgrounds. There is one pull through campsite and there is overflow parking for extra vehicles. Most of the campsites are in the pine trees. When the reservoir is full, there is easy access to the water.
Tatanka:Reservation only campground (May 1st-Sept. 30th). There are 33 campsites with gravel pads with water and electric hookups, two universally accessible sites with cement pads, fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms. There are twelve tent campsites with one universally accessible tent site; fire rings and picnic tables. The water hydrants are easily accessible to the tent sites. There is overflow parking for extra vehicles. Most of the campsites are in the pine trees with a few without shade. There are four camping cabins with one universally accessible. There is a universally accessible shelter that is day-use only and can be reserved. When the reservoir is full there is easy access to the water.
Pronghorn: There are 36 campsites with gravel pads, two universally accessible sites with cement pads, fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms and water hydrants spaced throughout the campgrounds. There is universally accessible playground equipment at the campground. There is overflow parking for extra vehicles. Most of the sites are back-in with a few pull-through. The campsites are located in the pine trees. The access to the reservoir water is more difficult because of the terrain.
Beach Area: There are 8 sites with gravel pads, one universally accessible site with cement pad, fire rings, picnic tables There is a restroom and water hydrant within close walking distant to the campground. The sites are in or near the pine trees. All sites are within easy walking distance of the reservoir.
Pat’s Point: There are 33 sites; with gravel pads, two universally accessible sites with cement pad, fire rings, picnic tables. Restrooms and water hydrants spaced throughout the campground. Some of the sites are in the trees while most are out in the open. The campsites have easy access to the reservoir. There is a shelter that can be reserved. There is a public boat ramp in this area when the reservoir is full.
Homestead: There are 40 campsites with gravel pads and three universally accessible sites with cement pads, fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms and water hydrants spaced throughout the campgrounds. The sites are along the pine trees. Most of the sites are back-in, but there are a number of them that are pull-through. The campsites are away from the reservoir. There are 3 horse corals located in the 3rd loop.
Cottonwood: There are 50 campsites with gravel pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. Restrooms and water hydrants located throughout the campgrounds. There is universally accessible playground equipment located in the middle of the campgrounds. There is no easy access to the reservoir. There is a shelter that can be reserved. The campsites are in among the pine trees.
Rocky Point: There are 16 undeveloped campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms and water hydrants throughout the campgrounds. Most of the sites are out in the open but have easy access to the reservoir.
Wind Creek: There are 15 undeveloped campsites with fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms. There is NO drinking water in this campground. Most of the campsites are in or near the pine trees. There is a public boat ramp in the area when the reservoir is full.
Coulter Bay: There are 23 undeveloped campsites; half are walk in tent camping along the rock cliffs. Each site has a fire ring and, and picnic table, and restrooms and water hydrants are nearby. This area is used as a major boat launch area.