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Hartford Beach State Park

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Big Stone Lake provides the setting for this popular camping and picnic area nestled in the shade of a native wooded forest.

Runoff from melting glaciers 10,000 years ago created the river Warren. A section of the river is known today as Big Stone Lake. Rugged rock-strewn bluffs and scenic timbered shorelines surround Hartford Beach.

In 1678, French explorers from Montreal and Quebec came searching and found fur-bearing animals. An excellent trading business with area American Indians prompted the English to claim the area.

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Activities

  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-country Ski Rental
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Disc Golf
  • Disc Golf Checkout
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Horseshoe Checkout
  • Horseshoes
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Kayak Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Paddleboard Rental
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoe Checkout
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Checkout
  • Walking (on park roads)
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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
  • Camping 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: 87 campsites and 4 camping cabins

Directions: 15 miles north of Milbank off SD Highway 15

Nearest Town: Corona

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Hartford Beach State Park
13672 Hartford Beach Road
Corona, SD 57227
605.432.6374
Email: Hartford@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Cross-country Ski Trail(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach(es)
  • TRACK Trail(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
  • Warming Shelter(s)
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Park Rating


ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Paved Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 45.40219
Longitude: -96.67307
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