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Lake Poinsett Recreation Area

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One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Poinsett was named after Joel Poinsett who served as U.S. Secretary of War. He was instrumental in promoting the expedition of Joseph Nicollet and John Fremont who first explored the region in 1838. The party camped on the north side of Lake Poinsett. Today, the lakeshore still provides excellent camping opportunities, as well as many other recreational activities.

The Lake Poinsett Visitor Center and Museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history of the area. During the summer, neighbor Harlan Olson's artifacts are on display. The exhibits will take you back in time from prehistoric days to the late 1990s.

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Activities

  • Basketball
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddleboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
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Upcoming Events

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Fees

  • 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: Year-round

Park Size: 2 campgrounds with 114 campsites and 4 cabins (2 sleep 4 people; 2 sleep 5 people)

Directions:

14 miles northeast of Arlington off US Hwy 81

Nearest Town: Arlington

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
45617 South Poinsett Recreation Area
Arlington, SD 57212
605.983.5085
Email: LakePoinsett@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets
  • Visitor Center
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Park Rating


Road Closure

The Sorenson  Access (Hwy 81) on Lake Poinsett is going to undergo a project to replace the existing asphalt parking lot this month.  This will require the boat ramp and the entire parking lot to be closed starting June 13th and will remain closed until the project is complete which could take 10-14 days. 

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Museum

The Lake Poinsett Visitor Center and Museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history of the area. During the summer, neighbor Harlan Olson's artifacts are on display. The exhibits will take you back in time from prehistoric days to the late 1990s.

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ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabins
  • Camping Site
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 44.53418
Longitude: -97.08395
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