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    Description

    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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    Directions

    15 miles N of Milbank, SD off SD 15
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 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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    Nearby

    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Lodging - Other
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • 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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    Nearby

    • Boat Rentals
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
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    10/24/2018

    A Great Park

    We do a lot of camping in our Fifth Wheel, and we love coming to Hartford State Park. The park is really beautiful, with lots of nature trails to hike on. We don't play disc golf but this time decided to just travel the paths that the players do. We were both amazed at the beauty there. We kept saying "Wow, if others are like us and not going on this "game" trail, they're missing a wonderful part of this park." I'm so thankful we decided to go on them this time. We always do lots of hiking, walking, and biking when we camp, and this is a great place to do all of those.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/15/2018

    campout

    Beautiful campgrounds and kept very clean. Love all the paved roads. easy access
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    10/11/2018

    Family Get together

    Despite the cooler weather, everyone enjoyed the time together and enjoyed the park, walking the trails. The staff is always so kind and accommodating. One party stayed in a cabin, and it was very nice and a very nice setting, looking out at the lake. It worked well as our main site of being together. Facilities are always clean and we always had plenty of wood to burn. We will be back!
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    10/04/2018

    out of staters

    We had a very relaxing week-end at Hartford Beach Campground, it was a very beautiful time of the year with all the colors of the trees. It was fun watching the young hikers on the trails and biking. We marveled at the cleanliness of the park and the plants of flowers and bushes that were added next to the rest rooms and shower houses. We were in the east unit so lots of young trees growing, also lots of room on the camping sites. We are looking forward to camping there more often and would suggest for anyone to do the same.
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