Lakes in South Dakota

Year-round fishing and fun on the water await lake enthusiasts in South Dakota, home of over 1,100 square miles of water.

In South Dakota's western region, 14 mountain lakes grace the Black Hills alone. On nearby prairies, over 50,000 ponds and reservoirs teem with pike, bass and other species of fish. The central area if the state, a.k.a. the Great Lakes Region, contains four enormous dams that create an astonishing 3,000 miles of shoreline and over 900 square miles of water. But the Great Lakes Region doesn't just contain big water. It also has innumerable small ponds from 100 to one acres in size. The southeastern Prairies Region contains over 175 manmade and natural lakes. Many are suitable for fishing and boating. Over 120 glacial lakes dot the northeastern portion of the state. Some are only a few acres in size; others are over 17,000 acres.

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Featured lakes in South Dakota

Big Stone Lake

Big Stone Lake is a freshwater lake located between western Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota. Two state parks are located on this lake, Big Stone Lake State Park and Hartford Beach State Park. The activities offered includes picnic, boat launch, trail and camping.

Pickerel Lake

Pickerel Lake is located in Day County. This lake offers a few water based activities such as boating and fishing. The recreation area next to the lake also offers 77 campsites.

Lake Thompson

Lake Thompson is located in Kingsbury County. This lake offers 103 campsites. Each campsite has a fire ring and a picnic table. This lake is great destination for fishing. Different species in the lake include walleyes, perch and northern pike.


Popular South Dakota lakes

Angostura Reservoir
Big Stone Lake
Bitter Lake
Brant Lake
Buffalo Lake
Cottonwood Lake
Drywood Lakes
Enemy Swim Lake
Lake Francis Case
Lake Oahe
Lake Poinsett
Lake Sharpe
Lake Thompson
Pickerel Lake
Roy Lake
Shadehill Reservoir
Spring Lake
Swan Lake
Waubay Lake
White Lake


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