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
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
Advance reservations are available for all Rimrock &
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Any portion of a 24-hour period beginning at 2PM that a camper occupies
The camper must vacate the campsite on the last camping day
by 1PM (both reserved campers and "first come-first served" campers).
A fourteen (14) camping day limit in any consecutive 30-day period at on
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
The vehicle entrance permit must be placed in the lower left
side of the vehicle dash in front of the steering wheel.
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.
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.
Any damage to ground or trees must be reported to office
or Lake Staff.
Additional fees may apply to sites that are left in