There’s An Underwater Ghost Town Hiding Under This Reservoir In South Dakota

Today, this reservoir is used for flood control and the enjoyment of everyone who visits it. Swimming, canoeing, camping, you name it. People love to visit here for some outdoor recreation. But what many people don’t know is that there is a hidden town buried deep underneath the lake. Even with how clear the water is here, you normally can’t see it unless the water is low enough – and even then, not much of it remains.

The reservoir is Pactola Lake, created from the Pactola Dam, and the town – of course – was known as Pactola. The name came from a river in Turkey where an ancient Greek mining operation was once held centuries ago. When the town had just begun it was a mining establishment known as Camp Crook. The town had been around since 1875 but in the 1950s, it would vanish.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

This isn’t the only place that parts of nature have overtaken in South Dakota. Take a look at these other places in the state that are being slowly reclaimed by the earth itself.