About Rapid Creek
Rapid Creek is the largest creek in the Black Hills.  It gets its waters from springs in the western hills, descends through Rapid City until  
finally flows into the Cheyenne River.  

Gold miners, fisherman, kayakers, tubers, and many other outdoor enthusiasts brave the cold waters of Rapid Creek.   Silver City is at
the headwaters of
Pactola Lake and therefore the levels of the dam are highly  dependant on the flow of the creek.  Throughout the
history of the town, the upswell of Rapid Creek every spring is monitored and several
floods have been reported over the years.
Pactola flood circa 1902-1908 - BHNF
Pactola flood circa 1902-1908 - BHNF
Pactola flood circa 1902-1908 - BHNF
Pactola flood circa 1902-1908 - BHNF
Art Clark with fish from the creek - Courtesy John Clark
Art Clark with daily limit of trout - Courtesy John Clark
1952 Flood - Courtesy Jan Sohl
1952 Flood - Courtesy Jan Sohl
1952 Flood - Courtesy Jan Sohl
1952 Flood - Courtesy Jan Sohl
1952 Flood - Courtesy Jan Sohl
Judy Thorvaldson on bridge - Courtesy John Clark
2008 Flood - Courtesy John P. Gomez
2008 Flood - Courtesy John P. Gomez
2008 Flood (Gardens) - Courtesy John P. Gomez
2008 Flood - Courtesy John P. Gomez
2008 Flood - Courtesy John P. Gomez
2008 - July 7 flood (looking NW) - Courtesy Todd Tobin
2008 Flood - Ols swimming hole looking west - Courtesy Todd Tobin
Rapid Creek