Pactola Lake, Rapid City

South Dakota, USA Mid
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Pactola Lake, Rapid City

Pactola Lake, Rapid City is a 4.5-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in South Dakota, USA Mid based on 2 ratings. Visibility conditions were rated a 2 out of 5.
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Jeff Andrews
Jeff Andrews
Sep 30, 2016, 12:00 AM
scuba
Pactola Reservoir is the best dive spot in western South Dakota. The visibility is generally 15 feet but can be a little better or a lot worse depending. Temps range from 70 at the surface to mid 40s below 60 feet. Bottom is mostly silt. Best diving is along the dam face. Lights are useful below 60 feet as light diminishes quickly. As mentioned in other review, 7mm wet suit is pretty much a minimum and a dry suit is preferred. Local dive shop just opened up again so air is available to the general diving public.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Nelson Stone
Nelson Stone
Aug 22, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
This is a cold water dive and will call for either a dry or 7mm suit. There are a number of entry points and it is best to stop and ask at the camp store on the lake to get the best options for the water levels. This is also a lake that is about 3000 feet above sea level so one need to take that into consideration when setting up the dive
Originally posted on shorediving.com