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Lake Alvin Recreation Area

Lake Alvin

Although small in size, Lake Alvin has become a very popular area. This 59 acre park is best known for its beach facilities and excellent fishing. Its proximity to Sioux Falls and Newton Hills State Park make it a great place to enjoy a day on the beach.


Lake Alvin is an artificial impoundment formed by the construction of a dam across the lower end of Nine Mile Creek. It was named for Alvin Dempewolf, the only World War soldier form Harrisburg who died overseas. The construction of the dam was completed in August 1954 and the lake completely filled in 1957. The concrete spillway for the dam was completely replaced in 1994.

Water Recreation

The focus of Lake Alvin Recreation Area is water recreation. The park has become a popular gathering place for swimmers, boaters and anglers.

Anglers can expect to catch walleye, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, perch, catfish and bullheads. The 105 acre lake is the perfect size for any boat and motor; however, the lake is designated as a no-wake zone to protect the shoreline from erosion. At no time can any boat exceed 5 mph or produce a visible wake.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Lake Alvin Recreation Area

27225 480th Avenue
Harrisburg, SD 57032



Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Fishing dock
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets


  • No lifeguard on duty
  • Entire lake designated "no-wake zone"
  • Alcohol not permitted on beach
  • No camping


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Crappie
  • Perch
  • Catfish
  • Sunfish
  • Bullheads

ADA / Accessible

  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter


Park Specs


Southeastern South Dakota: From Harrisburg, 4 miles east, 1 North off County Road 135.

Nearest Town



Area Attractions


Park entrance license required year-round