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Mina Lake Recreation Area

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Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is a water-lover's haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming. When you leave the water, a spacious campground, hiking trail, and several picnic areas provide hours of family fun.

Mina was one of the first man-made lakes in northeast South Dakota. Its beginning dates back to the 1930s, when area residents sought relief from years of drought.

In 1934, the Mina Dam was completed and the lake was named Shake Maza, a Lakota word for "shaped like a horseshoe." The name never quite caught-on, however, and it was later renamed in honor of a railroad president's daughter.

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  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
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  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: $22 per night
  • Cabins: $55/night for cabin. $150/night for modern cabin.
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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: 38 campsites, 1 cabin (sleeps 4 people) and 1 modern cabin (sleeps 8 people)


12 miles west of Aberdeen off US Hwy 12  

Nearest Town: Mina

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Mina Lake Recreation Area
402 Park Avenue
Mina, SD 57451
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  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Lodge
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Vault toilets
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Park Rating

Mina Lake Modern Cabin

The Mina Lake Modern Cabin is available to reserve up to one year in advance. 

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GPS Coordinates

Park entrance and campground
Latitude: 45.4467
Longitude: -98.74082

Modern cabin entrance
Latitude: 45.44746
Longitude: -98.743
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