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.