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Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

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Noted for its cool, spring-fed waters, Pickerel Lake is one of the deepest natural lakes in the state. The 955-acre lake bears an American Indian name meaning "where you spear long fish." Excursion boats were common until the early 1900s. A fish hatchery was built in 1929 and abandoned in 1979, when a new facility was built at Blue Dog Lake.

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Activities

  • Basketball
  • Basketball Checkout
  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoes
  • Kayak Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Paddleboard Rental
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Sailing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Checkout
  • Walking (on park roads)
  • Wildlife Watching
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Fees

  • 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: 2 campgrounds with 69 campsites and 7 camping cabins

Directions: Located 10 miles north of Waubay off US Hwy 12

Nearest Town: Grenville

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Pickerel Lake Recreation Area
12980 446th Avenue
Grenville, SD 57239
605.486.4753
Email: PickerelLake@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Basketball Hoop(s)
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach(es)
  • TRACK Trail(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Park Rating


ADA / Accessible

  • Boat Ramp Access
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Fishing Access
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach Access
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 45.48555
Longitude: -97.24813
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