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Roy Lake State Park

Roy Lake

Roy Lake is known for its excellent fishing, but you don't have to be an angler to enjoy all this park has to offer. Visitors will find sandy beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps and an island trail to keep them busy.


The earliest known inhabitants of Roy Lake were members of the Woodland Culture, who built large burial mounds. Artifacts dating between 900 and 1300 A.D. have been found near the park. The Roy (or Roi) family is credited with building the area's first white settlement. Local American Indians called the crops planted along the lakeshore the "Roy Planting" and the name persisted.

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DOT Road Report

Roy Lake State Park

11545 Northside Drive
Lake City, SD 57247

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.709686
Long: -97.448803

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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Resort
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Perch
  • Bullheads

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Site (site 33)
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter


Roy Lake Resort is privately operated under agreement with the Division of Parks and Recreation. Roy Lake Resort provides concessionaire services to the park through modern cabins and lodge-style accommodations, bait, convenience store and boat rentals.

Contact by phone: 605.448.5498

Roy Lake Prospectus

  • Cabins
  • Convenience store
  • Boat Rentals

Park Specs


Northeastern South Dakota: 3 miles southwest of Lake City off SD Hwy 10


Location Map
Campground Map
East Unit Campground Map
Trail map and guide
Walking map
Disc golf course

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Lake City


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: