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Farm Island Recreation Area

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Located east of Pierre, Farm Island attracts all types of visitors - campers, swimmers, hikers, anglers, bird watchers and bicyclists. With easy access to Lake Sharpe and popular beaches and trails, this park stays busy throughout the year. Additionally, the park has ties to the Lewis and Clark expedition, which is detailed in the Lewis and Clark family center.

Farm Island features an island nature area, which provides an outdoor classroom for visitors. Eight miles of hiking trails wind through the island and give hikers, walkers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists a chance for peace, quiet and nature observation.

Deer and a variety of birds are very common to see on the island. Trail users may also notice traces of beaver activity near the water. Users also have access to a nature observation blind.

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  • Archery range
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cross country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical interest
  • Paddleboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
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  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Cabins: $55 per night
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

Park Size: 2 campground with 90 campsites and 4 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)


4 miles east of Pierre off SD Highway 34.

Nearest Town: Pierre

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Farm Island Recreation Area
1301 Farm Island Road
Pierre, SD 57501
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  • Beach
  • Bicycle rentals
  • 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
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Visitor Center
  • Warming shelter
  • Wi-Fi
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Park Rating

Riverman Triathlon

The 2020 Riverman/Riverwoman and Riverkids Triathlons have been cancelled. Please look to join us in 2021.

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ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Site
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 44.34592
Longitude: -100.28
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