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Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

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This state park is a little hidden gem on the Minnesota border. Nestled between Lake Cochrane and Lake Oliver, ample fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking opportunities await your family camping weekend! Reservations may be made online for our spacious electric campsites or log camping cabin. Bring family or friends to enjoy the scenery of Lake Cochrane Recreation Area while settling into the cabin. Four can sleep comfortably in the set of bunk beds and double bed. Inside is a table and benches; outside, a porch, picnic table and fire grate.

Largemouth bass are ample in both of these lakes for your fishing adventures. Lake Cochrane also boasts excellent populations of walleyes, bluegills, perch, crappies, and northern pike. Fishing piers and boat ramps on both lakes make access a breeze. There are also a number of public hunting areas in Deuel County that provide access to South Dakota’s world class pheasant, waterfowl, and deer hunting.

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  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Biking (on trails)
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Checkout
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Checkout
  • Walking (on park roads)
  • Wildlife Watching
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Upcoming Events

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  • 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: 30 campsites and 1 camping cabin

Directions: 10 miles east of Clear Lake off SD Highway 22

Nearest Town: Clear Lake

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.


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Contact Info

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area
3454 Edgewater Drive
Gary, SD 57237
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  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Biking Trail(s)
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach(es)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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ADA / Accessible

  • Campsite(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach Access
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 44.71419
Longitude: -96.47894
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