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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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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/22/2020

    come visit Poinsett

    We spent a 4-day outing at Lake Poinsett. Lots of biking, hiking, a little kayaking and fishing (no bites) for just my husband and me. We would have liked to see the museum since it was a long weekend but it was out of season. No attending the heater in the bath house. Steamy during the day and not used much anyway.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/20/2020

    2 visit

    Oct 18 20, on the way to cleaning and flushing but the water is shut down. Didn't get the water to flushing well. Next t iinext time should let open.
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    10/15/2020

    October

    Beautiful park with clean facilities
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/14/2020

    Absolutely wonderful

    We had a beautiful weekend to camp. The lake was absolutely stunning and the trees were wearing their gorgeous colors. We will definitely be back. We never saw a camp host or DNR officer. I suppose that would be a detriment if you were needing one. This park and another in South Dakota do not enforce camper departure at all. That would be very unfortunate if you had rented a spot and a negligent renter still occupied it. Otherwise our stay was so awesome!! Thanks again.
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