Monitoring Continues at Cook Lake Recreation Area

Press Release – The Black Hills National Forest continues to monitor the Cook Lake Recreation Area for potential landslide movements.

For public safety, approximately 69 acres remain under a closure order for the slide area on the southwest side of the lake. Part of Trail 88 is also located within the closure area. (See Order/Map)

Loop B is open with 15 campsites available for use. Fees to use the site are $6 for day use and $24 for overnight camping. Loop A is open to day use, but remains closed to overnight camping.

A campground host is also present on site to provide assistance to guests.

Officials said public use of the facility could change in the future due to heavy rainfall or rapid or uncharacteristic movement in the landslide.

“Public safety is our number one priority,” said Jason Armbruster, acting Bearlodge District Ranger, Black Hills National Forest. “We will continue to monitor precipitation amounts, lake levels, and the landslide activity to make timely decisions about continued operations and use at the site.”

Forest Recreation Management (FRM), a Concessionaire, operates the complex during the late spring to early fall months and the Bearlodge Ranger District manages the complex during the shoulder season.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call (605) 673-9200.