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Description - Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings remain at frontier Fort Sisseton. This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), is a rare reminder of the western frontier. The fort's name comes from the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, and it is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's history. Originally a frontier army outpost, this National Historic Landmark has been restored and is open to the public. The site of the fort (originally called Fort Wadsworth) was chosen for providing a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel. Guided tours by fort "soldiers" and others in costume are available.

Attractions - Camping & Fees: $8/non-electrical, $11/electrical. 14 campsites (10 electrical). Tent area with three sites. Showers. Water. Camping Cabins: Three rustic camping cabins (see left). Each sleeps six people. $37/night

Recreation - Canoeing, rentals available. Hiking trail. Horse trail. Guided walking tours of the fort. Accessible picnic shelter with kitchenette. Game/equipment checkout. Snowshoe checkout. Fishing/Boating: Boat ramp and canoeing on adjacent Kettle Lake. Walleye, Northern pike, crappie, perch bass and bullheads. License required.

Location - Located 10 miles SW of Lake City off US Hwy. 10

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Fort Sisseton State Park, c/o Roy Lake State Park, 11545 434th Avenue , Lake City, South Dakota, 57247, Phone: (605) 448-5474
, RoyLake@state.sd.us

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