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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 prairies), 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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Activities

  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Geocaching
  • GPS Unit Checkout
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Kayak Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Museum/Visitor Center
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoe Checkout
  • Snowshoeing
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Checkout
  • Walking (on park roads)
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Upcoming Events

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Fees

  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 second vehicle (with coupon) | $80 transferable license

    Purchase Online

  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: $22 per night
  • Camping Cabins: $55 per night
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Park Specs

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

Directions: Hwy 20 to Hwy 25, follow it all the way to Eden. Turn into town (Broadway Ave/122nd St) and keep going west 5 miles. Turn north on 434th Ave and go 3 miles. You will see the fort on your left. Use north entrance.

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
605.448.5474
Email: FortSisseton@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • Tent-only Campsite(s)
  • Visitor Center(s)
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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.

Hours

May - August 31

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

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

September

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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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 camping cabins that each sleep six people available for reservations.

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Fort Sisseton Commission

The Fort Sisseton Commission provides a mechanism for citizen input on issues pertaining to management and preservation efforts, serves as an advisor on planning and design issues dealing with restoration and interpretive projects, and stresses a local perspective for the fort's restoration, thereby maintaining historic integrity. Meeting information

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ADA / Accessible

  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Paved Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center(s)
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 45.6594
Longitude: -97.52827
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