The Best of the Black Hills

by Alan Leftridge

published by Farcountry Press

  • Featuring fantastic photos, the very best travel information, guides and maps, The Best of the Black Hills is brimming with an explorer's top things to see and do; from the best day hikes and scenic drives to the best places to see wildlife, wildflowers, and sunsets. Showcasing the entire region's wealth of national parks and monuments, forests, grasslands, history and culture, and recreational opportunities, this is the perfect companion for pre-planning your trip and reference guide to better understand your experience.

    Former National Park Service ranger Alan Leftridge guides readers through all the superlatives the Black Hills have to offer, including sections on the best activities for kids and the best things to do on a rainy or snowy day. Where are the bison? Where are the best lakes and best places to boat and fish? Where are the best campgrounds? What are the must-see historical and cultural sites? This handy guide has all the answers.

    Amply illustrated with 167 color photographs and 9 locator maps, The Best of the Black Hills should be within easy reach on every visitor's dashboard.

176 pages, 6" x 9", 15 b/w photos, 161 color photos, 10 map(s)

ISBN 10: 1560376910
ISBN 13: 9781560376910





The Best of the Black Hills


The Black Hills region is prized for its variety of fishing opportunities. Within a relatively small area there are eleven reservoirs plus the Belle Fourche River, Spring Creek, Spearfish Creek, and Rapid Creek. Collectively they offer year-round opportunities to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill, perch, pike, catfish, brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout.

If you prefer trout, the streams and some lakes provide ample opportunities to cast a fly. Fly fishing is the most popular method for catching trout. Envelope yourself in the splendid Black Hills scenery while testing your luck. Be sure to pick up a copy of the South Dakota Fishing Handbook for current regulations and purchase a state fishing license online or at local stores. To prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species and diseases, visitors from outside the area should carefully clean and dry their gear - waders, wading shoes, float tubes, etc. - before fishing in the Black Hills.

Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis

Brook trout depend on well-oxygenated, cold, clear, pure water. They are a popular sport fish for anglers who prefer fly fishing and enjoy casting their lines under tree branches into deeply shaded habitats.

Brookies are native to the northeastern United States and the Appalachian Mountains south to Georgia. They have been widely introduced to non-native waters and now inhabit lakes, river, streams, creeks, and ponds throughout the West. In many non-native waters, brook trout are considered invasive, competing with populations of native fish such as cutthroat trout.

-from Best Fishing and Best Fish

Alan Leftridge align= Alan Leftridge has served as a seasonal naturalist in Yellowstone National Park and a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Central Missouri, a secondary teaching credential from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in science education and cultural geography at Kansas State University. His career has included teaching high school science in West Yellowstone, science courses at Miami University, and environmental studies at Humboldt State University. The Best of the Black Hills is his seventh book with Farcountry Press; his other titles are The Best of Yellowstone National Park, The Best of Rocky Mountain National Park, The Best of Olympic National Park, The Best of Glacier National Park, Glacier Day Hikes, and Going to Glacier National Park.

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