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    Naturalists enjoy the migrating birds and vast numbers of prairie grasses and wildflowers at Pelican Lake Recreation Area. Winter enthusiasts appreciate the park's cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Stay during the season in the campground or any time of year in a log-style cabin. Reserving your spot takes just a few minutes on the computer with the online system.

    Regular sites in the park come with electricity and comfort stations with showers and flush toilets. Sites in the horse camp include electricity and special amenities like hitching posts and corrals. Cabins provide scenic views, along with accommodations for four people. Included are a set of bunk beds, double bed, table, benches, outdoor fire grate and picnic table, and heating/air conditioning. Guests at Pelican Lake Recreation Area can relax on the beach, fish for walleye, northern pike, perch and bullheads, and check out games for family fun.

    Pelican Lake is a popular stopping point for migrating waterfowl. Each fall, geese and ducks use the lake's open waters as a resting area. A variety of shore birds spend their entire summer in or near the park. Most noticeable are the large white pelicans that frequent the lake. Pelicans were so numerous when the region was first settled that the lake was named in their honor. An observation tower on one of the hiking trails gives visitors a bird's-eye view of the area.

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    9 miles SW of Watertown, SD off US 212
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    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Lake
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • Horse Facility
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Education Activity
    • Entertainment
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Outdoor Games
    • Planned Recreation
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Snowmobiling
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Best week ever!

    Just spent a wonderful week camping at Pelican State Park in Watertown SD. The park is very well kept up and facilities are clean. The recent addition to the hot water on demand made for hot daily showers. Paul and Sharon are the camp hosts and that make you feel like family .
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    Pelican Lake is a lovely, clean park. However, our experience was marred by the awkward system of having to register before seeing the possible campsites available. After a long, tiring day of travel, all we wanted was to select a site, set up camp and go to bed as quickly as possible, but we were told we had to select and register and pay for a site online or via telephone without a preview. Very frustrating!
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    This park is, by far, the most beautiful park we have camped at. After a few nights of camping at other spots, having a clean bathroom and "shower" was amazing!! The hiking trail was great, even saw a huge owl take off from a tree. We will be back again!
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    Pleasant Experience

    My husband and I spent two days this weekend at Pelican Lake Recreational Park. We had never camped there before and since we live only 20 miles away, we are asking ourselves if it was too close? The park is beautiful, peaceful and a true "gem". We shall return!
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