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    Description


    So distinct is Lake Thompson that it is designated a National Natural Landmark. Originally called Dry Woods Lake by American Indians, the lake was renamed for Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior under President James Buchanan. In the 1930s, the lake was completely dry and used for pasture. In the 1980s, the area was a 9,000-acre marsh. Heavy rains and snowmelt in the mid-80s filled the lake to over 20 feet deep.

    A variety of options are open for staying at Lake Thompson Recreation Area: campsites, cabins and a lodge. Planning your vacation at one of these locations is simple, using the online reservation system. Sites in the campground have electricity, dump station and comfort stations with flush toilets and showers. One-room cabins sleep four and have heating, air conditioning and electricity. The lodge at Lake Thompson Recreation Area was once a farm house. Now, the five-bedroom facility houses up to 12 guests in one of the state's most popular recreation areas.

    Author Laura Ingalls Wilder mentions Lake Thompson as one of the Twin Lakes in her books, including "By the Shores of Silver Lake" and "The Long Winter." Modern-day visitors will also have plenty to write home about, as they enjoy the beach, boat ramp, ski beach and playground in the lovely area. Those fishing for walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bass have access to a fish-cleaning station and fishing-pole checkout. Hikers, bikers and walkers can take the park tour trail to see all parts of Lake Thompson Recreation Area.

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    Directions

    6 miles SW of Lake Preston, SD off US 14
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • BBQ Facilities
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Full Hookups
    • Internet Access
    • Forest Areas
    • Laundry
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Picnic Area
    • Fitness Equipmt
    • Lodging - Other
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
    • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • ATV/OHV/Mtcy
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Water Sports
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Pool
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Education Activity
    • Entertainment
    • Family Activity
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/12/2021

    Sher

    Our stay was on a cold rainy windy Saturday...we stayed inside our new camper all day. Only a few campers nearby.. no chance to really visit. Location was very well kept up. We will be back.,
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    A minusOverall Rating
    04/27/2021

    Little Get Away

    We came to Lake Thompson to some relaxing after my hubby’ had an outpatient procedure done. We are abt 35 miles from home and near a few towns to pick up items. We love the nice big campsites and enjoy walking on their trails. This park is always so clean and maintained that this is one of our favorite parks. Our 4 granddaughters come with us and enjoy riding their scooters on the paved roads and playing at the playground.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    04/20/2021

    Great Stay and Location

    Another great year at the Lake Thompson State Park Campsite! We always enjoy it and the view is amazing. Great price! Easy accessibility! Would recommend it to any one!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/15/2020

    Camping Fun

    We again enjoyed our stay at the Lake Thompson Recreation Area. The fall colors were beautiful and it was fun watching all of the people who decided to get in some great fall fishing.
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