Prairie Coteau Watershed Improvement & Protection Project

Blue Dog Lake is named after a Native American who settled on the east end of the lake. He was called Sun-Ka-to-Kienum which interpreted means - "The dog that paints himself blue." Blue Dog Lake is located in eastern Day County. Major land use in the watershed is range and pasture. 


Blue Dog Lake


Maximum Depth: 8 feet 

Mean Depth: 6.2 feet

Lake Volume: 9,219 acre-ft

Surface Area: 1,502 acres 

Shoreline Length: 8.7miles

Watershed Acres: 53,055 acres


Major Tributaries: One unnamed tributary flowing from the north from outlet of Campbell Slough/Enemy Swim.  Blue Dog lakes's main tributary is Owen's Creek which flows from the east.  This tributary is mainly spring fed but also during high water includes overflow from Pearson Slough and Hurricane Lake.  Blue Dog Lake outlets to Little Rush Lake.


Warm Water Permanent Fisheries: black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, common carp, emerald shiner, fathead minnow, northern pike, rock bass, smallmouth bass, spottail shiner, walleye, white bass, white sucker, yellow perch.  State record White Bass caught on Blue Dog Lake in 2006 at 4 lbs. 10 oz.


 For additional information on Blue Dog Lake click on the following links:


Watershed Map


SD GF&P Lake Contour Map