Spearfish Creek is a clear stream that runs through the town of Spearfish. The creek used to flow freely but in the early part of the 20th century Homestake Gold mine built a series of low head dams to control the creek for the production of electricity. However, with the closing of Homestake in 2002, renewed efforts are underway to remove the dams. Time will tell.
The section that most people run is from the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery in the city park down to the Old US 14 bridge near Valley Corner.
USGS gauge in Spearfish City Park below fish hatchery. If water is high please inspect Nash St. Bridge for safety. If you're a class II paddler don't get on over 150 cfs. Anything over 250cfs and Spearfish Creek is in flood stage. The play starts to get really good but the bridges and trees floating downstream start to get serious.
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Spearfish Park Falls
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