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Oakwood Lakes State Park

Oakwood Lakes

Nestled among eight connecting glacial lakes, this park provides a never-ending variety of activities throughout the year, from hiking and swimming, to ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Shaded campgrounds and picnic areas complement the park's excellent swimming and boating facilities.


The park was once used as a summer camp and an annual gathering spot for American Indians. Later, Samuel Mortimer arrived in 1869 and built the log cabin that still stands at the park. The visitor center showcases an archeology display of items found in the area.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Oakwood Lakes State Park

20247 Oakwood Drive
Bruce, SD 57220
Phone: 605.627.5441
Email: OakwoodLakes@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 44.449753
Long: -96.981982


Make a camping reservation


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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game Checkout
  • Horse camp
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets
  • Warming shelter

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

  • $15 for 3 hours or $30/day


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Perch
  • Northern pike
  • Bullheads

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (37E, 87E, 99E)
  • Camping Cabins (C1, C6)
  • Hiking Trial
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fishing Dock
  • Showers

Park Specs

  • Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
    • Campsites and Cabins: Available up to 90 days prior to arrival.
  • Open: Year-round
  • Size: 136 campsites and 6 cabins (each sleeps 4 people), 6 horse camp sites


Northeastern South Dakota: 7 miles north and 3 miles west of Volga, SD, off US Highway 14. Or, use Exit 140 on I-29.


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map
Disc Golf Course

Area Attractions

In Brookings:

  • SD Art Museum
  • Agricultural Heritage Museum

In DeSmet:

  • Little Town on the Prairie
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Home

Nearest Town

Bruce, SD


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

  • Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license


  • $15 horse camp
  • $15 non-electrical
  • $19 electrical site

Camping Cabins:

  • $40/night