Roubaix Lake – a surprising retreat
I’m continually amazed at the “new to me” things that I discover here in the Black Hills. I’ve lived out here for several years now, and up until yesterday – had never been to Roubaix Lake. It was my first time there, but it sure won’t be my last!
Roubaix Lake is a beautiful little alpine lake located at almost 5,500 feet in southern Lawrence County. When we visited yesterday, there were a few other people scattered around the lake – fishing, swimming, hiking, bird-watching and just enjoying the pristine June afternoon.
There is a nice, sandy beach on one side of the lake that looked perfect for kids to splash off some energy in the shallow water. Accessible changing rooms and restrooms were available nearby.
Roubaix Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department. The trout that GF&P stocks are usually in the “catchable size” neighborhood of 11-15 inches in length.
There is a wooded campground at Roubaix Lake that has 53 campsites spread between four different loops. There aren’t any electric hookups at Roubaix campground, but many of the sites do have enough room for a trailer or RV. All of the campsites have fire grates and picnic tables for use. There are also six potable water hydrants in the area, so no need to pack in your own water.
Because of its small size – only five acres – motorized boats are not permitted on Roubaix Lake, but it is perfect for non-motorized craft like kayaks or small canoes.
It is located on Forest Service Road 255 about 15 miles south of Deadwood. If you’d like to learn more about the recreation area at Roubaix Lake or to reserve a campsite of your own, visit Recreation.gov.
There are hundreds of great places to camp or to just get away in the Black Hills and after my short visit yesterday, I think Roubaix Lake may be a frequent one for me in the future. It’s the perfect type of place for a quiet Friday afternoon with a fishing pole or a few days of peaceful camping in the woods.