Big Stone Lake provides the setting for Hartford Beach State Park, a 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 which is known today as Big Stone Lake. Rugged rock-strewn bluffs and scenic timbered shorelines surround Hartford Beach. If you want to camp amid the natural beauty of the area, reserve a campsite or cabin via the online system. A few minutes on the computer ensures you a vacation to remember.

When you stay at the campground, take advantage of the park amenities that include a boat ramp, beach, fish cleaning station, fishing pole checkout, playground, games and picnic shelter. A nine-hole disc golf course has also been set up at Hartford Beach State Park. Camping cabins are open year-round to enjoy the seasons and the views. The one-room cabins come with heating, air conditioning, electricity and sleeping accommodations for four people. No cooking is allowed inside, but you will find a fire grate, picnic table and porch outside.

Five hiking trails at Hartford Beach State Park take visitors past historic sites and scenic overlooks, including burial mounds and a prehistoric village site. The American Indian mounds found in Hartford Beach State Park are typical of numerous such mounds in eastern South Dakota. They cover a time span from approximately 300 A.D. to possibly 1600 A.D. At the eastern end of the Robar Trail is the log cabin trading post, which operated from 1863-73.

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15 miles N of Milbank, SD off SD 15
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  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Lake
  • Firewood Available
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • Courtesy Dock
  • ADA Accessible
  • Pets Welcome
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • Open Year Round
  • Credit Crd Accepted
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  • Conven Store
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Gas
  • Lodging - Other
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  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Backpacking
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Boating - Watercraft
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Games
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
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  • Boat Rentals
  • Golfing
  • Hunting
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Winter Wonderland

The day was beautifully frosty. The park was a great place to walk and take in the nature. The visitor center is amazing. Thank you
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Great camping

We enjoy everything about Hartford beach. Campsites in east campground offer lots of room.
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Great Weekend

What a great camping experience! Love the park and love the company!
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