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Hartford Beach State Park

Hartford Beach

Big Stone Lake provides the setting for this popular camping and picnic area nestled in the shade of a native wooded forest.


Runoff from melting glaciers 10,000 years ago created the river Warren. A section of the river is known today as Big Stone Lake. Rugged rock-strewn bluffs and scenic timbered shorelines surround Hartford Beach.

In 1678, French explorers from Montreal and Quebec came searching and found fur-bearing animals. An excellent trading business with area American Indians prompted the English to claim the area.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Hartford Beach State Park

13672 Hartford Beach Road
Corona, SD 57227
Email: Hartford@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.402196
Long: -96.673074

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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game Checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets
  • Warming shelter

HIking Trails

Five hiking trails take visitors past historic sites and scenic overlooks, including burial mounds and a prehistoric village site.

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (23E, 45E, 73E)
  • Camping Cabins (C-2)
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Showers

Park Specs

  • Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
    • Campsites and Cabins: Available up to 90 days prior to arrival.
  • Open: Year-round
  • Size: 87 campsites and 4 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)


Northeastern South Dakota: 15 miles north of Milbank off SD Highway 15

Nearest Towns

Big Stone City
Ortonville, MN


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

  • Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license


  • $19 electrical site

Camping Cabins:

  • $40/night