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