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Description - 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 Fremont who first explored the region in 1838. The party camped on the north side of Lake Poinsett. Today, the lakeshore still provides excellent camping opportunities, as well as many other recreational activities.

Attractions - Two campgrounds offer 112 sites with two comfort stations in campground one and an additional comfort station in campground two. A number of sites are along the waterfront. Cabin #2 is also features a waterfront view.

Two picnic areas are located lakeside. The park's hiking trail connects the two campgrounds. A playground is located in campground one. The park also features basketball and sand volleyball courts. Water recreation, such as swimming and fishing, is very popular at Lake Poinsett.

Recreation - Basketball court. Hiking trail. Horseshoe pits. Two picnic areas. Playground. Volleyball. Hiking: An approximately one-mile trail through wooded, prairie, wetland and lakeshore areas, connects the two campgrounds.

Swimming/Beaches: Swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk. Fishing/Boating: Boat ramp. Fish cleaning station. Walleye, bass, perch, northern pike and bullheads. License required.

Location - Located 14 miles NE of Arlington off US Hwy. 81

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Contact Information:
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area, 46109 202nd Street , Bruce, South Dakota, 57220, Phone: (605) 627-5441
, LakePoinsett@state.sd.us

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