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    Description

    One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Poinsett was named after Joel Poinsett who served as U.S. Secretary of War. He was instrumental in promoting the expedition of Joseph Nicollet and John Fremont who first explored the region in 1838. The party camped on the north side of Lake Poinsett. Today, the lakeshore still provides excellent camping opportunities, as well as many other recreational activities.

    Stake out your territory at Lake Poinsett Recreation Area by booking a campsite or camping cabin. Through the online system, reservations can be made at your convenience, quickly and securely. Two campgrounds at the park offer both electric and non-electric sites. Showers and flush toilets are found in the comfort stations. You can stay any time of year in the camping cabins, furnished with beds and heating/air conditioning. The one-room, log-style cabins sleep four. Cooking is not permitted indoors, so bring utensils for use on the outdoor fire grate.

    The large expanse of water at Lake Poinsett Recreation Area invites you to swim, water ski, boat and fish for walleye, bass, perch, northern pike and bullhead. The Lake Poinsett Visitor Center and Museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history of the area. During the summer, neighbor Harlan Olson's artifacts are on display. The exhibits will take you back in time from prehistoric days to the late 1990s. Hike or bike along the Poinsett Potpourri Trail through wooded area, grass and wetland and the lakeshore. A fun sight is the rearing pond for perch, which is also used for kids' fishing tournaments.

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    Directions

    14 miles NE of Arlington, SD off US 81
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • Pull Thru Available
    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Lake
    • Forest Areas
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Planned Activities
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Full Hookups
    • Laundry
    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Courtesy Dock
    • Lodging - Other
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Education Activity
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Scenic Driving
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Snowmobiling
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/24/2020

    Great Site!

    My husband and I had a great time. There were a lot of trails that we could walk our dog on and many beautiful sights to take in between the lake and the beginning of prairie fall foliage. We thankfully got a very big site back in the trees with lots of space, because some sites looked very awkward or cramped, especially down by the lake. The few times we used the facilities, they were mostly clean. The one poor item there was the showers: relatively dirty and the shower head would only trickle out water. Other than that, we had a great time. My husband hopes to take a boat out next time since the fish cleaning station was always busy with people cleaning loads of fish. We will definitely return!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/23/2020

    camping at poinsett

    Lake Poinsett is is a beautiful camp ground. We have camped at both 1 and 2 they are equally clean and nice.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/22/2020

    Lake view

    Nice lakeside camping sites. Great for boaters.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/22/2020

    Site 95

    Site 95 is not for RVs with an awning. Two trees are too closely spaced for extension. Rather steeply graded, too.
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