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Roy Lake State Park

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Roy Lake is known for its excellent fishing, but you don't have to be an angler to enjoy all this park has to offer. Visitors will find sandy beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps, boat rentals, and an island trail to keep them busy.

Roy Lake State Park offers multiple types of accommodations based on your lodging or camping needs. Consider staying in one of the modern lodging options. Click here to learn more!

The earliest known inhabitants of Roy Lake were members of the Woodland Culture, who built large burial mounds. Artifacts dating between 900 and 1300 A.D. have been found near the park. The Roy (or Roi) family is credited with building the area's first white settlement. Local American Indians called the crops planted along the lakeshore the "Roy Planting" and the name persisted. 

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  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Biking (on trails)
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Disc Golf
  • Disc Golf Checkout
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Kayak Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Paddleboard Rental
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoe Checkout
  • Softball
  • Softball Equipment Checkout
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking (on park roads)
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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 | Tent Sites: $19 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: Tent: $18 per night
  • Camping Cabins: $55 per night
  • Modern Cabins: $120-150 per night
  • Suites: $120-175 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 101 campsites, 3 camping cabins, 6 modern cabins, and 6 suites.

Directions: 3 miles southwest of Lake City off SD Hwy 10

Nearest Town: Lake City

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Roy Lake State Park
11545 Northside Drive
Lake City, SD 57247
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  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Biking Trail(s)
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Concessions
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Modern Lodging
  • Playground(s)
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach(es)
  • Tent-only Campsite(s)
  • TRACK Trail(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Modern Lodging

The modern lodging accommodations at Roy Lake offer increased comforts in an outdoor setting any time of the year.

It is important to park users that they supply their own bed lines and bathroom products prior to arrival. Park staff do not provided bedding of any kind, food, or bath towels. 

For questions regarding modern lodging please call the Roy Lake State Park Office at 605.910.4521.

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Rental Fees

  • Fishing Boat- 3 passenger: $75 for four hours; $150 for eight hours
  • Kayak/Canoe- 1-3 passenger: $15 for four hours; $30 for all day 
  • Paddleboat/Paddleboard/ Lilly Pad: $15 for four hours; $30 for all day
  • Pontoon Boat- 10 passenger: $175 for four hours; $350 for eight hours
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Convenience Store

Enhance your time on the water with a stop at the on-site convenience store. Canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals are available as well as bait, ice and snacks. Hours vary.  

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Special Events

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ADA / Accessible

  • Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 45.70969
Longitude: -97.44881
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