Welcome to Butte County, South Dakota!

Butte County was named from the numerous buttes which rise abruptly from the prairies in the area.
The county seat is in Belle Fourche, which is also known as the "Center of the Nation." Our county was established in the state of South Dakota on March 2, 1883. The name Belle Fourche came from the French explorers and means "beautiful fork." You can learn more about the history of our community here.

Butte County SD Courthouse
Important Information
Courthouse Location
Belle Fourche, South Dakota














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Friendly Reminder that the possession and use of fireworks is prohibited at Belle Fourche Reservoir. Thank you in advance for your cooperation
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As per BLM officer Chuck Huston, campers that are parked out at Orman will need to be occupied 8 hours per day. If campers are being taken out there and left to reserve a spot, it will be towed. We will be towing campers all week. Please be considerate, Orman is for the enjoyment of everyone. Camping spots cannot be reserved on the free side.

County Offices will open June 1, 2020

To comply with the CDC guidelines there will be a limited number of people allowed in the building at one time. Due to this, there may potentially be a wait time before being allowed in the building. Please bear with us as we work together through this time. 

Please click here to view all info.

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The Butte County Board of County Commissioners has adopted recommendations of the Butte County Emergency Manager during this time of pandemic due to COVID-19.

Please click here to view the list of procedures.

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Commissioner Meeting Info:

Please take notice that the Commissioner Room has moved to the former Director of Equalization Room on the First/Main Floor of the Butte County Courthouse.  


Employment Opportunities 


To find out about county employment opportunities, please visit our 'Employment' page.

Belle Fourche Employment