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Horse Thief Lake, Keystone

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Horse Thief Lake is a lake in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is approximately two miles northwest of Mount Rushmore, the closest lake to the monument. It appears to be the lake seen north of Mount Rushmore in the 2007 Disney movie National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets when the entrance to the secret golden city of Cibola is found. However, the lake that is actually in the film is nearby Sylvan Lake, which is just five miles southwest of Mount Rushmore.The lake's name is derived from the fact a gang of horse thieves operated there.
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  • We took the time to stop and enjoy the quietness of the peaceful surrounding area. There was a pier where one could go out and watch the fish jump, and take in the beauty of the surrounding environmen...  more »
  • The Horse Thief Lake is very beautiful and absolutely worth to visit! So stop for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the nature.  more »
  • Beautiful small lake just minutes from Rushmore. Paved path with areas to sit as well as restrooms. Nice easy walk to stretch you legs or a nice area for an impromptu lunch.  more »
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  • The access he is kinda limited but it pays off with soft breezes, and the soft sounds of a gently lapping lake. Visit in the summer to soak your feet and cool down. The fishing is better in spring if that's your preference.
  • Beautiful lake where you can camp and fish. Restroom facilities. Nice trailhead up the road as well.
  • Beautiful lake. It is also not far from Mt. Rushmore. Well worth a stop to appreciate nature.
  • Was very nice place quite but the squirrel was entertaining , would take a lunch and my fishing pole .
  • Beautiful Lake, perfect for picnicking or boating, great place to take the kids. Not overly crowded

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