Sheridan Lake valve temporarily opened into Spring Creek downstream
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Friday, Black Hills National Forest officials announced that the Sheridan Lake valve has been temporarily opened to release water into the Spring Creek downstream.
The National Forest officials are in partnership with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Black Hills FlyFishers.
The release of water from Sheridan Lake will serve two purposes:
- Exercise the valve, which should be done annually; and
- Provide cold water below Sheridan Lake to sustain the popular and productive trout fishery.
While the valve could remain open throughout the summer, maintaining water levels at Sheridan Lake for recreational use will be the priority.
The water will continue to be monitored for quality and temperature by the SDGFP, DENR and the Forest Service.