There are 10 boat ramps on the lake & 9 campgrounds, which offer a lot of opportunities. The most popular fishing methods are crankbaits, jigs, & spinners. Look shallow early & late in the year, as more fishing is done on the west end. As the water temperatures rise, you’ll find more fish closer to the channel in deep water, which is found on the east side towards the dam. Historically, it has been known for smaller fish but those who fish it year-round will tell a different story.

Lake Tschida, Heart Butte Reservoir, is the only sizable body of water in the Heart River area & has become a popular recreation center formally managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir has a surface area of 3,400 acres. Picnicking, swimming, boating, camping, & water skiing activities occur in the summer. Fall & winter activities include hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, & ice skating.

Special use permits have been issued to the Boy Scouts & other organizations to utilize designated areas along the shoreline of Lake Tschida. In addition, special use permits have been issued to 238 seasonal cabin & trailer users. Permits are also issued for private grazing & agricultural use of outlying areas.

Nine recreation areas provide numerous campsites. Some campsites offer picnic tables, grills, shelters, restrooms, & potable water. An RV dump station is provided above the Rimrock Recreation Area.

Advance reservations are available for all Rimrock & Downstream campsites.

There are nine primitive campgrounds; 8 with vault toilets & 4 with potable water.

Rimrock Campground has 26 campsites with electrical hookups & 22 primitive campsites. The Downstream Campground offers 22 campsites with electrical hookups & 10 primitive sites of which 2 are handicapped accessible.

All the remaining campgrounds & un-reserved campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Required Minimum Stay

Due to the limited availability and high demand for campsites with electrical hookups, a minimum of a 3 night (Friday -Saturday -Sunday) stay is required for all 3 day holiday weekends (MEMORIAL DAY, 4TH OF JULY & LABOR DAY) for all campsites with electrical hookups.

If your reservation starts on Friday you must also include Saturday & check out on Sunday as the minimum of 2 nights is required between Memorial Day weekend & Labor Day weekend.

If your reservation starts on Saturday you must also include Sunday & check out on Monday as the minimum of 2 nights is required between Memorial Day weekend & Labor Day weekend.

Electrical Hook-Ups

Electrical hookup fees apply if you occupy the campsite even if you chose not to use electricity.
Extension cords may not be run from one campsite to another without prior approval by the Lake Tschida staff.


When two units occupy a site, both must pay camping fees.
Double-ups may or may not be available at all campsites due to pad lengths or closeness in proximity to other sites.
Double-ups are allowed only with prior approval by the Lake Tschida staff.

Campsite Occupancy

No more than two camper units may occupy any campsite. Each unit must pay the camping fee.

Size Of Camping Unit

A camping unit is a powered vehicle, motor home, camping bus, pull-type camper, tent or any other device designed for sleeping.

Camping Day

Any portion of a 24-hour period beginning at 2PM that a camper occupies a campsite.
The camper must vacate the campsite on the last camping day by 1PM (both reserved campers and "first come-first served" campers).

Camping Limit

A fourteen (14) camping day limit in any consecutive 30-day period at on campground.

Daily Vehicle Permit

A vehicle entrance permit is required to access Rimrock Recreation Area and to use the shower facilities.
A daily vehicle permit may be acquired at the lake office or at the self-registration post located in front of the lake office.
The vehicle entrance permit must be placed in the lower left side of the vehicle dash in front of the steering wheel.


Pets must be on a leash at all times whether at a campsite or out for a walk.
Pets (except service animals) are not allowed on the public swimming beach, playground or in any public lake recreation building (including vault toilets and comfort stations).
Owners must clean up after their pets.

Fire Safety

Do not build large roaring fires and be sure your campfire is "DEAD OUT “before turning in for the night or departing.
Do not dispose of trash in fire ring.

Vacating Camping Area

All garbage must be disposed of.
All pet messes must be cleaned up.
Garbage may not be left in fire ring or around the campsite.
Fires must be extinguished.
Any damage to ground or trees must be reported to office or Lake Staff.
Additional fees may apply to sites that are left in unacceptable condition.