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.