Surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, Spearfish Creek is a fly fishing paradise and holds one of the finest populations of wild rainbow trout in the Black Hills. Classified as a permanent cold water fishery, Spearfish Creek averages 29 feet wide, and anglers can easily find a stretch of the creek all to themselves.
The creek is unusual because it freezes from the bottom up instead of icing over due to the very fast rate at which the creek flows. This speed prevents ice from forming except along the bottom of the creek bed and makes year-round fishing possible.
Along with fishing, Spearfish Creek is a peaceful spot for picnicking, bird watching and nature photography, especially in the fall when autumn foliage is in its prime. Tubing down Spearfish Creek is also a tranquil way to enjoy the canyon. On a warm day, visitors can grab a tube and some friends to relax and float down the creek’s clear waters.