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    Big Stone Lake provides the setting for Hartford Beach State Park, a popular camping and picnic area nestled in the shade of a native wooded forest. Runoff from melting glaciers 10,000 years ago created the River Warren, a section of which is known today as Big Stone Lake. Rugged rock-strewn bluffs and scenic timbered shorelines surround Hartford Beach. If you want to camp amid the natural beauty of the area, reserve a campsite or cabin via the online system. A few minutes on the computer ensures you a vacation to remember.

    When you stay at the campground, take advantage of the park amenities that include a boat ramp, beach, fish cleaning station, fishing pole checkout, playground, games and picnic shelter. A nine-hole disc golf course has also been set up at Hartford Beach State Park. Camping cabins are open year-round to enjoy the seasons and the views. The one-room cabins come with heating, air conditioning, electricity and sleeping accommodations for four people. No cooking is allowed inside, but you will find a fire grate, picnic table and porch outside.

    Five hiking trails at Hartford Beach State Park take visitors past historic sites and scenic overlooks, including burial mounds and a prehistoric village site. The American Indian mounds found in Hartford Beach State Park are typical of numerous such mounds in eastern South Dakota. They cover a time span from approximately 300 A.D. to possibly 1600 A.D. At the eastern end of the Robar Trail is the log cabin trading post, which operated from 1863-73.

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    15 miles N of Milbank, SD off SD 15
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    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • Courtesy Dock
    • ADA Accessible
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Lodging - Other
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    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Backpacking
    • Biking - Mountain
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    • Boat Rentals
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
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    Great experience

    Very impressed with cleanliness of facilities and size of sites. Sites were well laid out and we were blessed with great weather. Nice playground for kids. We did not visit Beach area. Did go on a short hike that was nice. Made the 1 1/2 hour trip to Fort Sisseton and that was cool to see even though we could not enter buildings the day we were there. Will visit Hartford Beach again if in the area.
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    Would Stay Again!

    We came to South Dakota because Minnesota and Wisconsin campgrounds and forests were closed due to COVID-19 and no camping or campfires were allowed! Hartford beach was very clean and well-maintained. The Pit Toilet near our campsite was a bit messy after the weekend was full of campers, just a general sweep would be good early Sunday morning. When leaving on Monday mid-day, we did see a clean up crew come through. We stayed in campsite 27, which we found was at a sloped angle and not quite fit for a large tent, but had a direct view of the lake and an extra campfire ring right by the lake. No beach, rocky edges, but a descent fishing spot and place to watch a nice sunrise (faces east)! The spot may be a bit more windy than the others as well since there are no trees blocking the lake. The boat launch wasn't too steep and the bait shop was super close! Bring your own bucket to the bait shop and check for dead worms before you buy a dozen and 5 are dead already, however. The hiking trails also were very nice, but I think the trails should also have a map available at the entrance or somewhere aong the trail. We thought one trail may have looped around and ended up finding a secluded bench right by the lake, which was nice but we didn't expect the trail to end and had to double-back the exact way we came. I also wish there were more trails available. All in all, I would 100% visit again and try out some of the other camp sites!
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    Cabin was very clean, spacious, wonderful view. Enjoyed sitting on the deck, taking in the lake view, listening to the birds. Peaceful. Cabin is a short hike from the parking pad. Nice long parking pad. Pit toilet close by, clean, well stocked. Campground overall in good shape. Family oriented with playground, walking trails, beach, frisbee golf. Overall experience very positive.
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    Nice Stay

    Overall a very nice campground. They sites near the lake are a bit smaller, bringing in a monster camper could be difficult. We have a 19’ toyhauler and didn’t have any problems fitting in. If you have something over 30 consider the upper campground it’s also very nice.
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