November 16, 2019

Courthouse Closed – Thanksgiving

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th & 29th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday, December 2nd.

After Hours Business Contact

In an effort to better serve the business community, the Fall River Sheriffs Office encourages business owners to submit and annually update their emergency notification list. This information is used in case of an emergency (Fire, Break-in, Alarm etc.) to make contact with the Business / Property owner as quickly as possible. It is important that you attempt to list four different people to contact in case of an emergency during non-business hours. Give consideration to the proximity these individuals live from your business because of the possibility they may be required to respond to the business in the middle of the night. Please fill out the form and either email, fax, or drop it off at the Fall River Sheriff’s Office.

After Hours Business Contact Form

Property Taxes Due – Oct 31st

The second half of property taxes are due by end of day, Thursday, October 31st.  Taxes can be paid in person at the Fall River County Courthouse, 906 N River St, Hot Springs from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  Lines can get long towards the end of the month so it is best not to wait till the last day.

If paying by mail please include your tax payment stubs in your envelope. If you would like a tax receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Tax payments MUST be postmarked by October 31st, or interest is automatically applied. Please notify our office of any changes to your mailing address.

For question you can contact the Treasurer’s Office at 605-745-5145



Caution: Verizon Telephone Scam has surfaced.

The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office has received notification from a few individuals that there is a new telephone scam happening in our area. The scammers are calling local Verizon customer’s numbers. The scammer identifies himself as “William Johnson”. They have left messages to call 888-373-3660. One customer called back and then contacted Verizon to verify validity, while on the call with Verizon, a charge showed up on their account that the customer did not initiate. Later, when called again the 888-373-3660 number was not in service. Be vigilant with your accounts, regardless of the perceived significance. Scammers will prey on you however they can. Please contact the Fall River County Sheriff @ 605-745-4444 to report any suspicious activity.

Coldbrook Reservoir Drawdown

USACE Omaha lowering Cold Brook Lake level five feet

Published Oct. 18, 2019

OMAHA,Neb. —

Omaha, NEB— A small release will be initiated Monday, Oct. 21, at Cold Brook Lake near Hot Springs, South Dakota, to lower the lake five feet. This drawdown will allow for installation of enlarged culverts and improvement of the low-water crossing on the northwest side of the lake. Larger culvert capacity will reduce backwater impacts to the campground upstream of the lake.

The current pool elevation is 3585.5 feet. The release will last two to three weeks or until the pool elevation nears the target elevation of 3580.0 feet.  The lake will be held near this level for four to six weeks. Releases are not expected to exceed 10 cubic feet per second and shouldn’t impact any downstream landowners.

Releases have been coordinated with Fall River County Emergency Management and the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Release no. 19-120