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  • Waubay Lake is located 30-minutes from Webster, South Dakota. It is one of around 15 lakes in the area, but it is by far the most famous. Waubay has more than quadrupled its size in the past 10 yea...

  • Sylvan Lake, known as the 'crown jewel' of Custer State Park, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch, it offers picnic areas...
  • Swan Lake because it is shaped like a swan. From the 1920's until the late 1970's there was a resort at Swan Lake on the south side of the lake. It included a pavilion that sold food and it had a band...
  • Sheridan Lake, a reservoir, is located on Spring Creek in Pennington County, South Dakota. Built over the site of Sheridan, the first county seat, it is owned and operated by the U S Forest Service, a...
  • Shadehill Reservoir is a reservoir on the Grand River in Perkins County, South Dakota, USA. The lake was created by the construction of Shadehill Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1951....
  • 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 and a varie...
  • Three separate areas in this park cater to the needs of campers, swimmers, naturalists, boaters and anglers. Campers stay in the South Unit, while the 200-acre Forest Drive Unit is a great place for w...
  • Pickerel Lake is a 955-acre spring-fed lake located in Day County, South Dakota, United States. Pickerel Lake is part of the Glacial Lakes Region that encompasses much of Northeast South Dakota and st...
  • Pactola Lake is the largest reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is created by the Pactola Dam. At the bottom of Pactola Lake is the submerged town of Pactola, an old mining camp and site ...
  • Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is a water-lover's haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming. When you leave the water, a spacious campground, hiki...
  • Marindahl Lake, South Dakota is a small lake located north of the city of Volin, South Dakota....
  • Lost Lake is located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States. The lake lies 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Humboldt....
  • Lewis and Clark Lake is an impoundment on the Missouri River above Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, South Dakota. It is located on the border of South Dakota and Nebraska. The reservoir is approximatel...
  • Lake Thompson is a lake in Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. With an area of 12,455 acres (50.40 km2), it is one of the largest natural lakes in South Dakota. The maximum depth of the lak...
  • Lake Traverse is the southernmost body of water in the Hudson Bay watershed of North America. It lies along the border between the U.S. states of Minnesota and South Dakota. A low continental divide s...
  • Lake Sharpe is a large reservoir behind Big Bend Dam on the Missouri River in central South Dakota, USA. The lake has an area of 56,884 acres (230.20 km2) and a maximum depth of 78 ft (24 m). Lake Sha...
  • Lake Preston is a lake located adjacent to and northeast of the city of Lake Preston, South Dakota. The lake is near and directly north of Lake Whitewood....
  • Lake Poinsett is one of the largest lakes in the state of South Dakota.The lake is located northeast of the town of Arlington, South Dakota. It was named in honor of the U. S. Secretary of War, Joel P...
  • Lake Oahe (oh-WAH'-hee) is a large reservoir behind Oahe Dam on the Missouri River beginning in central South Dakota and continuing north into North Dakota in the United States. The lake has an area o...
  • Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. Lake Herman State Park is located on a peninsula and offers visitors spectacular views of Lake Herman. Camping, boating, fishing...
  • Lake Francis Case is a large reservoir behind Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River in south-central South Dakota, USA. The lake has an area of 102,000 acres (410 km2) and a maximum depth of 140 ft (...
  • Lake Cochrane is located in Deuel County, South Dakota. It lies seven miles south of the town of Gary, SD, and just west of the South Dakota-Minnesota border. The lake covers 355 acres with a maximum ...
  • Located on the northeast edge of the town, Lake Carthage is one of the area's main attractions. With its many options for recreation, a trip to Lake Carthage is a fun way to spend the day. Want to lea...
  • Lake Byron is a lake in Beadle County, South Dakota, U.S.; it is fed by Foster Creek and feeds out to the James River.Species of game fish in the lake include walleye, yellow perch, and black crappies...
  • Lake Andes is a natural, shallow prairie lake whose water supply depends entirely on natural runoff. Lake levels periodically rise and fall, with the entire lake going dry about once every twenty year...
  • Lake Alvin is an artificial lake in Lincoln County, South Dakota between Harrisburg, South Dakota and Granite, Iowa. The lake is formed by a dam on Nine Mile Creek just before it enters the Big Sioux ...
  • Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge is located in Bennett County in southwestern South Dak...
  • Horse Thief Lake is a lake in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is approximately two miles to the northwest of Mount Rushmore, making it the closest lake to that monument. It appears to be the lake ...
  • Herman Park Pond is listed as meandered public water in the State of South Dakota Listing of Meandered Lakes. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) owns and manages a State Park t...
  • Enemy Swim Lake is a lake in the glacial lake region of northeastern South Dakota located on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in Day County....
  • Deerfield Dam and Reservoir, Rapid Valley Project, are twenty-five miles west of Rapid City, South Dakota on Castle Creek. Reservoir contains 400 surface acres and has 16 miles of shoreline. Public us...
  • Cold Brook Dam, SD was constructed to reduce flood damages in the Fall River Basin. Located less than 1 mile from the town of Hot Springs, SD, Cold Brook Lake offers an excellent variety of recreation...
  • Cattail-Kettle Lake is an important sport fishery in northeast South Dakota. CattailKettle Lake became an important fishery because of above normal precipitation during the 1990’s resulted in the wa...
  • Blue Dog Lake is a meandered lake managed by the SDGFP. Two public access sites maintained by the SDGFP are present; one is located on the south shore off Highway 12 and the other is located on the we...
  • Located where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the southern plains, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for some of the rarest creatures in New Mexico. Established in 1937 to provide habi...
  • Big Stone Lake is a long, narrow freshwater lake and reservoir forming the border between western Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota in the USA. The lake covers 12,610 acres (51 km²) of s...

  • Belle Fourche Reservoir was created in 1911 as a result of the construction of Orman Dam on Owl Creek. It has an average depth of twenty-five feet, but has areas as deep as sixty feet at full capacity...
  • Angostura Reservoir is a reservoir on the Cheyenne River in Fall River County, South Dakota, USA. It was created after the construction of Angostura Dam in 1949 for irrigation. 'Angostura' means 'narr...
  • Amsden Dam is an impoundment managed by the SDGFP. A state park (including camp sites and boat ramp) is located centrally on the southern shoreline of Amsden Dam. Lands adjacent to the lake are under ...
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  • Sheridan Lake, a reservoir, is located on Spring Creek in Pennington County, South Dakota. Built over the site of Sheridan, the first county seat, it is owned and operated by the U S Forest Service, a...
  • One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Poinsett was named after Joel Poinsett who served as U.S. Secretary of War. He was instrumental in promoting the expedition of Joseph Nicollet and John Frem...
  • Lake Louise was made in 1932, when the south fork of Wolf Creek was dammed. Water depth in this 164-acre impoundment averages nine feet, with a maximum depth of 25 feet. Anglers and hunters come to th...