BHNF Trail #88: Cook Lake

Because Cook Lake Trail circles the lake there are many opportunities to see various types of ducks and geese along with osprey, blue heron, and bald eagles. In the water along the shore, very large fish called white amur are often seen. These hybrid fish are distant relatives of carp and were introduced into the lake about 15 years ago to help control aquatic vegetation.
Other wildlife commonly seen along the trail include white-tailed deer, elk, and turkey. Along Beaver Creek watch for blue heron, beaver, and water dippers. High above, turkey vultures are often seen riding the thermal drafts. Mountain lions, although rarely seen, also call this area home.
Trail can be considered Easy, with some stairs and a stepping-stone crossing of Beaver Creek.

Trail Elevation: 4,740 to 4,780 feet
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Trail Distance: 1.5 mile loop

South Dakota Trails / State Parks

French Creek Natural Area

French Creek Natural Area

Hell Canyon Trail

Hell Canyon Trail

Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

Nature Trail at Mount Rushmore

Nature Trail at Mount Rushmore

Randall Creek Recreation Area

Randall Creek Recreation Area

BHNF Trail #40: Deerfield Trail

BHNF Trail #40: Deerfield Trail

Carson Draw Trail System (Trail #93)

Carson Draw Trail System (Trail #93)

Harbach Park / Custer Trailhead

Harbach Park / Custer Trailhead

Walkers Point Recreation Area

Walkers Point Recreation Area

Swan Creek Recreation Area

Swan Creek Recreation Area

Legion Lake Trail

Legion Lake Trail

Mountain Disc Golf Course

Mountain Disc Golf Course

Pelican Lake Recreation Area

Pelican Lake Recreation Area

Custer Skywalk Trail

Custer Skywalk Trail

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

Lake Louise Recreation Area

Lake Louise Recreation Area

Mystic Trailhead

Mystic Trailhead

Big Sioux Recreation Area

Big Sioux Recreation Area