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South Dakota State Parks



Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Angostura Recreation Area
Bear Butte State Park
Big Sioux Recreation Area
Burke Lake Recreation Area
Buryanek Recreation Area
Cow Creek Recreation Area
Custer State Park
Farm Island Recreatiion Area
Fisher Grove State Park
Fort Meade Recreation Management Area
Fort Sisseton State Park
Gavins Point Project
Hartford Beach State Park
Indian Creek Recreation Area
Lake Alvin Recreation Area
Lake Cochrane Recreation Area
Lake Herman State Park
Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Lake Louise Recreation Area
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
Lake Thompson Recreation Area
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Little Moreau Recreation Area
Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area
Mina Lake Recreation Area
Newton Hills State Park
North Point Recreation Area
North Wheeler Recreation Area
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Oakwood Lakes State Park
Okobojo Point Recreation Area
Palisades State Park
Pease Creek Recreation Area
Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area
Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
Platte Creek Recreation Area
Randall Creek Recreation Area
Revheim Bay Recreation Area
Richmond Lake Recreation Area
Roy Lake State Park
Sandy Shore Recreation Area
Shadehill Recreation Area
Sica Hollow State Park
Snake Creek Recreation Area
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
Spring Creek Recreation Area
Springfield Recreation Area
Swan Creek Recreation Area
Union Grove State Park
Walker's Point Recreation Area
West Bend Recreation Area
West Whitlock Recreation Area

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General Information

Description - Fifty-four state parks and recreation areas showcase South Dakota's natural beauty and boundless recreational opportunities. South Dakota has plenty of room for you to play with our broad expanses of prairies, back-country mountains, spacious lakes and lush woods.

Attractions - There are crisp, clear lakes to fish, sail and swim, woodland trails to hike and bike, rivers to paddle and frontier forts to explore.

Recreation - Opportunities for fishing, sailing, swimming, hiking, camping, biking, paddle sports are available at most South Dakota state parks.

Climate - South Dakota has an interior continental climate, with hot summers, extremely cold winters, high winds, and periodic droughts. The normal January temperature is 12°F (–11°C); the normal July temperature, 74°F (23°C). The record low temperature is –58°F (–50°C), set at McIntosh on 17 February 1936; the record high, 120°F (49°C), at Gannvalley on 5 July 1936. Normal annual precipitation (1971–2000) averaged 24.7 in (62.7 cm) in Sioux Falls in the southeast, decreasing to less than 13 in (33 cm) in the northwest. Sioux Falls receives an average of 41 in (104 cm) of snow per year.

Location - Maps and driving directions to each park are available on the individual wilderent.com pages of this section.


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South Dakota - This northern state is comprised of high rolling plains with the distinct rock formations of the badlands in the southwestern region. It is a largely rural state with a concentration of the public in the eastern regions.

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