State Parks

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Lake Carthage Lakeside Use Area

Tucked along the shore of Lake Carthage, this small but complete park with a boat ramp, boat beach, 13 electrical campsites and multiple primitive tent sites.  In the town of Carthage just a short distance away, campers can use the dump station, and shower house. The Lakeside Use Area provides Campsites that offer picturesque views of the 1,300-acre lake, while anglers enjoy both on- and off-shore fishing.
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  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking (on park roads)
  • Wildlife Watching
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  • Campsites - electrical: $15 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: (Tent Only) $11 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: 13 campsites, Tent Area

Directions: 8 miles west of SD Hwy 25 on 222nd St then North on 425Th Ave.

Nearest Town: Carthage

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Contact Info

Lake Carthage Lakeside Use Area
23409 State Park Drive
Madison, SD 57042
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  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Swim Beach(es)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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ADA / Accessible

  • Boat Ramp Access
  • Fishing Access
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 44.17293
Longitude: -97.708
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