Parks in South Dakota (63)

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Union County, SD
Spanning 1,500 acres along the Missouri River, this area was donated to the people of South Dakota in 1984 by Mary and Maud Adams, granddaughters of original homesteader Stephen Searls Adams. They env
Angostura Recreation Area
Fall River County, SD
Angostura Reservoir is a water-lover's haven with breathtaking, scenic views. Offering crystal clear waters, 36 miles of shoreline, and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state, the area boasts m
Bear Butte State Park
Meade County, SD
Mato Paha or "Bear Mountain" is the Lakota name given to this site. To the Cheyenne, it is "Noahvose." This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that fo
Beaver Creek Nature Area
Minnehaha County, SD
Developed to increase environmental awareness in visitors, Beaver Creek Nature Area highlights natural and historical resources in the vicinity. Pioneers named the creek for the numerous beaver they f
Big Sioux Recreation Area
Minnehaha County, SD
Big Sioux Recreation Area lies on the banks of South Dakota's Big Sioux River. Close to the cities of Brandon and Sioux Falls, Big Sioux is popular among campers, canoers, bicyclists, hikers, disc gol
Big Stone Island Nature Area
, SD
An 1823 expedition led by Major Stephan Long and geologist William Keating explored the Big Stone Lake region. Shortly after entering present-day South Dakota, they met an American Indian village on a
Burke Lake Recreation Area
Fairfax County, SD
Like an oasis on the prairie, Burke Lake Recreation Area sits next to a 25-acre lake which is surrounded by trees. Whether boating, kayaking or canoeing, visitors enjoy this lake that averages only ei
Buryanek Recreation Area
Gregory County, SD
Buryanek Recreation Area is popular with boaters and anglers, as well those looking for scenic beauty along the Missouri River. History buffs will enjoy knowing that the Lewis and Clark expedition tra
Chief White Crane Recreation Area
Yankton County, SD
With its 146 campsites and ten camping cabins, Chief White Crane is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state pa
Cow Creek Recreation Area
Sully County, SD
Water-lovers enjoy fishing, boating, or just watching the waves at Cow Creek. Both primitive shoreline camping and campground camping are available. The shoreline sites offer outstanding views of Oahe
Custer State Park
Custer County, SD
The Granite Peaks Are Calling...;The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park, and let yourself run wild.;Custer Sta
Farm Island Recreation Area
Hughes County, SD
Located east of Pierre, Farm Island attracts all types of visitors - campers, swimmers, hikers, anglers, bird watchers and bicyclists. With easy access to Lake Sharpe and popular beaches and trails, t
Fisher Grove State Park
Spink County, SD
The first crossing for the Watertown-to-Pierre stage line crossed the river here on American Indians' traditional rock river crossing. Belchers Ford, as the site was called, had a hotel for tourists.
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
Marshall County, SD
Relive the western frontier;Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's past. Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters
George S. Mickelson Trail
, SD
Walk in the footsteps of the past, explore the outdoors, or simply enjoy a stroll!;Imagine a path where the ghosts of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane still roam, where bicyclists, hikers and horseb
Good Earth State Park at Blood Run
Lincoln County, SD
Good Earth State Park southeast of Sioux Falls is an important cultural and historical site as well as a unique nature retreat adjacent to the most developed and populated part of our state. The site
Hartford Beach State Park
Roberts County, SD
Big Stone Lake provides the setting for this popular camping and picnic area nestled in the shade of a native wooded forest.;History;Runoff from melting glaciers 10,000 years ago created the river War
Indian Creek Recreation Area
, SD
The rolling hills and beautiful river views make Indian Creek an excellent place to camp, picnic and explore. Park visitors will find new adventure in this rugged land explored by Lewis and Clark in 1
LaFramboise Island Nature Area
, SD
LaFramboise Island Nature Area is a unique area along the Missouri River. The island is covered in trees and meadows, which are home to a variety of wildlife and bird species. Additionally, the island
Lake Alvin Recreation Area
Lincoln County, SD
Although small in size, Lake Alvin has become a very popular area. This 59 acre park is best known for its beach facilities and excellent fishing. Its proximity to Sioux Falls and Newton Hills State P
Lake Cochrane Recreation Area
Deuel County, SD
Nestled between Lake Cochrane and Lake Oliver is an 88-acre playground for campers, anglers, boaters and those who simply enjoy the outdoors. Both the quality of the park and the clear, spring-fed lak
Lake Herman State Park
Lake County, SD
Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. Lake Herman State Park is located on a peninsula and offers visitors spectacular views of Lake Herman. Camping, boating, fishing
Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Walworth County, SD
Melting glaciers carved the valley of Hiddenwood Creek. Traditionally, this area was home for several American Indian tribes. Early explorers crossed this area on their way between Big Stone Lake and
Lake Louise Recreation Area
, SD
Lake Louise was made in 1932, when the south fork of Wolf Creek was dammed. Water depth in this 164-acre impoundment averages nine feet, with a maximum depth of 25 feet. Anglers and hunters come to th
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
Brookings County, SD
One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Poinsett was named after Joel Poinsett who served as U.S. Secretary of War. He was instrumental in promoting the expedition of Joseph Nicollet and John Frem