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    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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    10/29/2018

    Cabins

    This is our second year staying at the cabins at Lake Poinsett. We've enjoyed our stage each year the cabins are awesome to keep you out of the elements yet still have a camping feel we will be back next year.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/12/2018

    Bad experience

    The comfort station close to cabin was closed and we had to drive long long ways to go bathroom. We rented for two nights only stayed one night. Not a good time!!!
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    10/08/2018

    Late season camping

    Was quiet,level sites. Good size camp sites.
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    09/28/2018

    Getaway

    It’s a great place to get away and have the lake right out side your door. The fishing is great and the sunsets are awesome. To share the campfire with your other half priceless
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