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Oakwood Lake Beach

Oakwood Lake near Brookings, provides all the year-round activities for South Dakota visitors. This lake is said to be the origin point of eight connecting glacial lakes surrounded by fingers of land. These lakes are divided into East Oakwood Lakes and West Oakwood Lakes, having a combined of more than 3,000 acres of water.

The area is surrounded by huge number of oak trees that provide shade and vegetation needed for premier fishing conditions for species such as walleye, yellow perch, and northern pike, and thus the Oakwood Lakes name came. The peaceful, tranquil waters are best suited for kayak and canoeing.

The beach has five walking trails covering 4.7 miles of shady terrain. All other amenities are provided here, such as tent camping, electrical and non-electrical campsites, camping cabins and wheelchair-accessible campsites. Lodging is also available at the nearby Arlington and Brookings. Nestled among eight connecting glacial lakes, this park provides a never-ending variety of activities throughout the year, from hiking and swimming, to ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Shaded campgrounds and picnic areas complement the park’s excellent swimming and boating facilities.

For those visiting, Oakwood Lake beach, it is always suggested to visit the Lake Poinsett, Lake Thompson, Pelican Lake and Sandy Shore recreation areas , that are open in summers, when the visitor center is staffed.