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    Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's past. Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings that remain from the time of the western frontier. Put yourself in the midst of history by reserving either a campsite or a camping cabin at Fort Sisseton State Park. The online booking system is easy to use whenever you're ready to make plans. Most of the campsites come with electric hookups and are near modern comfort stations. Rustic cabins sleep six and have heating, air conditioning and electricity. Guests reserving a cabin have access to a common kitchen filled with all the appliances needed for a good home cooked meal, including a refrigerator, microwave and electric stove with oven.

    The 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), was originally a frontier army outpost called Fort Wadsworth. The site was chosen because it provided a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel. Visitors today can take the Andrew Jackson Fisk Historic Trail that follows the boardwalk around the Parade Grounds of Fort Sisseton. The trail has 18 interpretive signs with excerpts from Andrew Jackson Fisk¿s journal written at
    Fort Sisseton during the winter of 1865. Guided living history interpretive tours are available Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Join the festivities for entertainment, culture and history during the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival. During the first full weekend in June, cavalry troops and infantry units converge on the fort's grounds to form a military encampment complete with soldiers, women and children, and all the necessary tents, uniforms, horses, and memorabilia. The festival features period entertainment and activities and attracts thousands of people each year. In addition to history, visitors to Fort Sisseton State Park are welcome to rent canoes and kayaks, and check out games and snowshoes. The Visitor Center with interpretive displays and gift shop is open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. from Open House Weekend through Labor Day and weekends in September.

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    Directions

    10 miles SW of Lake City, SD off SD 10
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Picnic Area
    • ADA Accessible
    • Club/Meeting Room
    • Groups Welcome
    • Planned Activities
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Conven Store
    • Gas
    • Chapel Services
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Boat Ramp
    • Boat Rentals
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Education Activity
    • Entertainment
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Outdoor Games
    • Scenic Driving
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Golfing
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    01/12/2021

    late fall getaway

    we made a brief late season visit in september with no crowds! had the campground almost to ourselves, and the staff's undivided attention in the visitor center. excellent displays and a good "feel" for life in the fort at the time. Great facilities, top notch experience.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/30/2020

    Love SD

    A great place to disconnect.
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    10/16/2020

    Fall @ Ft Sisseton

    My wife and I stayed at Fort Sisseton in October at one of the cabins. The cabin was clean and so was the cook cabin that is part of renting the cabin. We started our day out by taking a trip to Sica Hollow and walking the trails. We got to the Fort mid afternoon and walked the grounds there. The director of the Fort has done an amazing job of updating and repairing the grand old buildings on the grounds. So if you do not own a camper and a tent is not your thing I would highly recommend checking out renting a cabin on the Fort grounds, reasonably priced, clean, and very peaceful.
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    10/05/2020

    A Real Gem

    We stayed in one of the cabins at the end of September. We pretty much had the park and amenities to ourselves! That was a real blessing during this year of Covid19 concerns for vacationing. The staff was courteous and helpful. Very impressed with the comfort station facilities. Not all the buildings were open for viewing when touring the fort. Lots of spiderwebs everywhere that should be tended to. The Cooking Cabin was an unexpected surprise with Stove, Fridge, Dishwasing Sink, Washer/Dryer! A Real value !
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