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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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    06/11/2019

    Friends Trip

    Last weekend we camped at Lake Poinsett with a group of friends. I had a spot that was under water and the campground worked with me to move into a spot that was not under water but still close to my friends. Also, when we showed up they brought us down our picnic tables right away. I had a great weekend even though the water conditions are high. I will try to book another weekend if we can get spots!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/10/2019

    Barking dogs

    My Wife fe and I had a great time. Except for the barking dogs in campsite 97 the continually barked when we we outside so they put them in the camper and they continued to bark. We have dogs and the only bark when some comes on the campsite and are quite when told.
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    06/10/2019

    Loves camping in a trailer

    Quiet and level campsites. We were contacted by SD parks management several weeks before we were to arrive to let us know of flooding in the area. This turned out to be no problem. We've camped there before (with a large RV), and probably will again, as we have grandchildren in the area.
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    06/10/2019

    rest

    Just a minor one, the bathroom/shower facility wasn't working d/t unsure/broken pipes, don't know. It wasn't open from Thursday till Saturday. Eventually it was cleaned and opened up for campers.
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