Silver Creek BDA Workdays - Beaver Dam Analog Stream Restoration

Silver Creek Beaver Dam Analog Volunteer Event July 20-21st 2024

BDA Volunteer opportunity!  Get these dates on your calendar, because this is going to be some riparian habitat work you will not want to miss.  BDA is an acronym for Beaver Dam Analog, a habitat restoration method utilizing natural products to simulate a real beaver dam.  Volunteers will be tasked with hammering stakes into the ground, digging up sod and dirt for patching, and finding small sticks that can be laid down in between to slow the flow of water and expand the water table.  The goal is to encourage riparian habitat development through artificial beaver dam installation.

We worked at this site last year, and now we need to complete the job! We will be working on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21st. Join us for as many hours/days as you can. Some of us plan on camping up at Silver Creek Saturday night to work both days. 

Where? Silver Creek is located just east of Rochford Road a little north of the town of Rochford.  Lat Long is: 44.162900, -103.714895.

Estimated time from Spearfish and Rapid City are both about 1 hour and 15 minutes. See map in discussion for directions. The road to the site is a little rough so a car/truck with some clearance is recommended.

Directions
From Rapid City
  • Take Hwy 44 to Hwy 385.
  • At 385 take a right. Travel 11.8 miles on 385 to the Custer Crossing Rd intersection.
  • Turn left on Custer Crossing Rd.
  • Travel about 4.8 miles and then turn left on Minnesota Ridge (Forest Service Road 203.1C)
  • Travel about 2.5 miles to a four-way intersection and take a right down Greens Gulch.
  • Follow the road down about 0.6 miles until you see the flagged parking area.
From Spearfish
  • Take I-90 to Deadwood
  • Take exit 17 and travel to Deadwood
  • In Deadwood continue on Pioneer Way to 85 Bypass towards Central City
  • Continue on 14A past Lead.
  • About 4 miles south of Lead take a left onto North Rochford Road
  • Travel about 9.5 miles on North Rochford Road and then take a left onto Custer Crossing Rd.
  • Travel about 1.4 miles on Custer Crossing and then take a right onto Minnesota Ridge (Forest Service Road 203.1C).
  • Travel about 2.5 miles to a four-way intersection and take a right down Greens Gulch.
  • Follow the road down about 0.6 miles until you see the flagged parking area.
When?
Saturday July 20th from 9am to 4pm and Sunday July 21st 9 am to 4pm.  Volunteers are invited on both days and can attend both days or just attend one day. We appreciate any help people can give. Volunteer check in will begin at 8:30 am and a quick orientation and demonstration will start at 9:00 am each day. If folks need to leave early that is okay, we just ask that everyone make it to the volunteer orientation at 9:00 am.

Please let us know that you plan to attend- email us at blackhillsflyfishers@gmail.com to let us know