State Parks

Photo © SD Tourism

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

/userdocs/Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

Known for its clear waters and abundant fish, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area is a popular area among fishermen, boaters and swimmers. During the fall, sportsmen can find waterfowl and upland game within minutes from the park. This 512-acre reservoir is located 27 miles west of Sioux Falls.

Lake Vermillion was created by impounding waters from the east fork of the Vermillion River in 1958. The river itself was first noted on an 1801 map by a French trapper who called it Otter Stream.

The word vermillion means vivid red color. Some say the stream got its name from the outcropping of red quartzite along its bank.

Read More About This Park

Activities

  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoes
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
Show More

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
Show More

Park Specs

Open: Year-round

Park Size: 3 campgrounds with 94 campsites and 7 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)

Directions:

5 miles south of I-90, Exit 374

Nearest Town: Canistota

Show More

Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
26140 451st Ave.
Canistota, SD 57012
605.296.3643
Email: LakeVermillion@state.sd.us
Show More

Amenities

  • Beach
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets
Show More

Park Rating


ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabins
  • Camping Site
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter
Show More

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 43.59476
Longitude: -97.18517
Show More