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  • Fort Meade Trailhead is a day-use graveled parking area which serves as a trailhead for the Centennial trail.
  • Fort Meade Reservoir (50 acres) contains two picnic tables, a unisex restroom and a reservoir which is stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Chapel--This-day use site contains picnic facilities with water and restrooms.
  • Centennial Trail--11 miles of this 111-mile interagency National Recreation Trail cross the Fort Meade Recreation Area.
  • The Fort Meade Backcountry Byway is a 4.5 mile gravel road which connects I-90 and Highway 34 on the south half of the unit.

Special recreation use permits are required for all commercial and competitive group events. Please contact the BLM office for reservation information and forms.

Operating Hours/Seasons
The Fort Meade Recreation Area is open for use year-round, weather permitting.
The access road is open year-round, with temporary closures possible due to weather and road conditions. There is no winter maintenance.

Alkali Creek Horsecamp is open from May 15 to September 30.

Exception: The campground is closed three weeks during the Black Hills Motorcycle Classic. A camping fee is required.

Alkali Creek Trailhead is open year-round with fees charged for camping from May 15 to September 30.

Exception: The campground is closed for three weeks during the Black Hills Motorcycle Classic.

Water lines are charged from approxiametly May 15th to October 1st each year.

Restrooms, water, and limited picnic and camp sites are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act

FLREA funds are collected at the Alkali Creek and Horse Camp Campgrounds located at the south end of the Fort Meade Recreation Area. 

These fees are used to develop and maintain facilities in the campgrounds and to improve visitor experiences and protect resources for future generations. The amount of fees collected each year is not adequate to cover all of the maintenance needs at FLREA sites and additional maintenance funds were used to complete these projects. These fees and their associated financial procedures and collection are audited periodically.

FLREA projects completed in 2013 include:

• Campground hosts:  These hosts are paid a nominal volunteer reimbursement and provide a wealth of knowledge for visitors, complete maintenance projects and improve security.

• New Fee Rangers: These new collection structures were required to meet national standards and were installed at both campgrounds.

• Road blading and dust abatement.


Last updated: 10-03-2014