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    Description

    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, and cross country skiing are favorite activities at the park. Observe wildlife in the native oak woodlands and prairie grasses that serve as a habitat for a variety of birds and animals.

    Making a reservation for a campsite or camping cabin at Lake Herman State Park is easy. A few minutes on the computer and your vacation plans are set. Campsites are either basic or come with electricity. Cabins have air conditioning and heating, ensuring year-round comfort no matter the outside temperature. A party of four can be accommodated with bunk beds and a double bed. Bring food suitable for outdoor cooking on the fire grate, as well as sleeping bags, linens and utensils. Once settled in, explore the many features of the park, like the beach, boat ramp, disc golf, playground, ski beach and fishing dock. Canoes and kayaks may be rented, and fishing poles and games can be checked out.

    Lake Herman has been a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Before white settlers entered the region, it was popular among Indians traveling to nearby Pipestone quarries. The first settlers at Lake Herman were Herman Luce and his son, William. They settled the timberland on the east side of the lake and assumed squatters' rights on June 17, 1870.The log cabin in the park was built for Herman Luce in the summer of 1871. The cabin is made of sturdy oak logs hand hewn to fit snugly and chinked to keep out the cold. Luce's cabin briefly served as a U. S. Land Office, with Herman Luce in charge. In 1977, the Herman Luce Cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Directions

    2 miles W of Madison, SD off SD 34
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • Pull Thru Available
    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • BBQ Facilities
    • Courtesy Dock
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Chapel Services
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Phone
    • Family Park
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Education Activity
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/24/2020

    Very nice park for longer rigs

    We stayed overnight on a weeknight during the latter part of September, and pretty much had the park to ourselves. Our site on Herman Pond had a great view, lots of bird activity which was fun to watch. We have a 30 ft. camper and large truck, and didn't have to unhook. Plus, it was quiet at night. We'd stay here again.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/24/2020

    1st visit to Herman

    We were on our way to the Badlands from MN. Lake Herman was the perfect distance for a first night stay. Do to COVID, there was no one at the entrance station. We called the phone number posted and made a site reservation. We also had to give a daily few for park entrance. (This was a separate transaction in an envelope at the entrance. I would suggest that entrancee fees be rolled into camping fees so there's one price for camping.) The park is beautiful. Site 5, which we were on, was very spacious and we backed our 33-foot motorhome in with a motorcycle trailer on the back and still had plenty of room. The dump station just before the campground was very nice also. The scenery with the lake wrapped around the campground was really nice. We stored this campground's information away for future westerly trips.x
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/15/2020

    Nice Fall Adventure

    We enjoy camping here because the sites are large and well maintained. Nice burn rings for cooking and enjoying smores. Not a lot of bike paths but with the one ways we use the streets. Nice enjoyable weekend getaway.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/15/2020

    Great spot

    It was no fault of the park, but the inconsiderate campers that stayed before us didn’t clean up after their dog and there were 5 big piles that we had to clean up in the rain. It was quite unpleasant But other than that it was a great stay.
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