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Description - 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 lake bring people to this area. Lake Cochrane was named for the area’s first homesteader, Byron J. Cochrane, who settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The area’s rich farmlands and attractive setting soon attracted other homesteaders.

Attractions - This park features a small, quiet campground with easy water access. Best known for fishing, boating and water recreation. Located near the South Dakota-Minnesota border.

Camping & Fees: $10/non-electrical, $13/electrical. 30 sites, all electrical. One accessible site. Showers. Water. Dump station. Camping Cabins: One wheelchair accessible cabin, available May 1 to Oct. 1. Sleeps four people. $32/night.

Recreation - Picnic area and shelter. Playground. Volleyball. Swimming/Beaches: Clear spring-fed water. Swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Boating: One boat ramp on Lake Oliver, near boat ramp on Lake Cochrane. Walleye, northern pike, bluegill and perch. License required

Location - Located 10 miles east of Clear Lake off SD Hwy 22

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Contact Information:
Lake Cochrane Recreation Area, 400 W Kemp , Watertown, South Dakota, 57201, Phone: (605) 882-5200
, LakeCochrane@state.sd.us

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