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Fort Sisseton Historic State Park

Ft. Sisseton Picnic Shelter

Relive the western frontier

Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's past. Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings that remain from time of the western frontier.

This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), was originally a frontier army outpost called Fort Wadsworth. The site was chosen because it provided a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel.

Join the festivities for entertainment, culture and history during the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival. The festival features period entertainment and activities and attracts thousands of visitors each year.


DOT Road Report


11907 434th Avenue
Lake City, SD 57247

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.659398
Long: -97.528266

Make a camping reservation


BirdwatchingBoatingCampingCanoeing/KayakingFishingHikingHistorical interestHorseshoesSnowshoeing

Lodging Info


  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Electric campsites
  • Event tent rentals
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Visitor Center

  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Guided walking tours of the Fort available

Visitor Center

Visitor Center with interpretive displays and gift shop is open daily from Open House Weekend through September. Guided tours are available, please call ahead.


May 15- August 31

Monday- Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Daily Guided Tours: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.


Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October - May 14

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

ADA / Accessibile

  • Visitor Center
  • Cabin (1)
  • Picnic shelter with kitchenette
  • Wadsworth trail


Park Specs


Glacial Lakes Region: 10 miles southwest of Lake City off US Highway 10


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Eden: 8 miles
Lake City: 10 miles
Britton: 18 miles
Webster: 21 miles
Sisseton: 32 miles


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins:

Group rentals available for special events. Please contact Fort Sisseton for reservations.