Historic Larive Lake to keep name, says BGN

Photo Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald

Located just north of Hot Springs, on the way to Cold Brook Dam, the recently renovated and renamed Hidden Lake Campground will have to continue to call the facility’s lake “Larive Lake” according to a recenty ruling by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN).


By Cathy Nelson

HOT SPRINGS – The name of Larive Lake must remain Larive Lake according to a ruling by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN). The letter received by the Fall River County Commissioners from the BGN stated that “this decision was made citing a reluctance to change a longstanding commemorative name and concerns that the proposed name violates the Commercial Names Policy.” In parenthesis the letter also stated, “The BGN also rejects a proposed name when the primary purpose of the name is construed to promote a commercial product or enterprise.”

Shane and Cristin Stewart of Hot Springs, who are the owners of Hidden Lake Campground and Resort, where Larive Lake is located, applied to have the name of the lake changed to Hidden Lake.

“We thought it was a long shot,” Cristin said, when reached by phone. “They (BGN) don’t like to change historic names.” Because it is private property the Stewarts thought it might be possible. “We wanted to change the name because we are not a part of the Larive family,” she said. “We love the history here, but we’re not part of the family.” The Stewarts renovated the resort and will continue to run their business as Hidden Lake Campground and Resort, although the lake’s name will remain Larive.

Larive Lake was created in 1890 to provide ice to the community. In the early 1900 the property was sold and turned into a campground. Water carnivals were held there, as were some of the Miss South Dakota pageants. In the 2000s the resort turned into year-round rentals. The resort is located in the northwest corner of Hot Springs on Evans Street.

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