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Fort Sisseton Historic State Park

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Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's past.  Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings that remain from the time of the western frontier.

This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the praries), was originally a frontier army outpost called Fort Wadsworth.  The site was chosen because it provided a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel.

Visitor Center with interpretive displays and gift shop is open daily from Open House Weekend through September. Guided tours are available, please call ahead.

Join the festivities for entertainment, culture and history during the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival.  The festival features period entertainment and activities and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical interest
  • Snowshoeing
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  • Daily: $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license
  • Campsites - electrical: $21 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: $17 per night
  • Cabins: $45 per night
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Park Specs

Open: 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: 14 campsites and 3 cabins (each sleeps 6 people)


10 miles southwest of Lake City off US Highway 10

Nearest Town: Eden: 8 miles Lake City: 10 miles

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
11907 434th Avenue
Lake City, SD 57247
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  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Electric campsites
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Visitor Center
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Park Rating

Visitor Center

Visitor Center with interpretive displays and gift shop is open daily from Open House weekend through September.  Guided tours are available, please call ahead.


May - August 31

Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Daily Guided Tours: 1:30 p.m., or by schedule


Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Guided tours are available by schedule. Please call 605.448.5474.

October - May 14

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Guided tours are available by schedule. Please call 605.448.5474.

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Historical Festival

During the first full weekend in June, cavalry troops and infantry units converge on the fort's grounds to form a military encampment for the Historical Festival.

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Muzzleloading 101 Class

This class is created for ALL ages to learn the basic and safety of muzzleload shooting. Class size is limited to the first 20 people. Registration is highly recommened!

This event is put on by the South Dakota Wildlife Division and is part of the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival, no additional fees apply. Questions please contact Fort Sisseton at 605-448-5474.


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Group Facilities/Event Rentals

Facilities at the fort can accommodate everything from small meetings to large elegant weddings.

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Camping Cabins

Fort Sisseton has three rustic-style cabins that each sleep six people available for reservations.

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Fort Sisseton Commission

Next Meeting:
April 26, 12 p.m. 

Click here for previous meetings.

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ADA / Accessible

  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Visitor Center
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 45.6594
Longitude: -97.52827
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