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    Description


    So distinct is Lake Thompson that it is designated a National Natural Landmark. Originally called Dry Woods Lake by American Indians, the lake was renamed for Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior under President James Buchanan. In the 1930s, the lake was completely dry and used for pasture. In the 1980s, the area was a 9,000-acre marsh. Heavy rains and snowmelt in the mid-80s filled the lake to over 20 feet deep.

    A variety of options are open for staying at Lake Thompson Recreation Area: campsites, cabins and a lodge. Planning your vacation at one of these locations is simple, using the online reservation system. Sites in the campground have electricity, dump station and comfort stations with flush toilets and showers. One-room cabins sleep four and have heating, air conditioning and electricity. The lodge at Lake Thompson Recreation Area was once a farm house. Now, the five-bedroom facility houses up to 12 guests in one of the state's most popular recreation areas.

    Author Laura Ingalls Wilder mentions Lake Thompson as one of the Twin Lakes in her books, including "By the Shores of Silver Lake" and "The Long Winter." Modern-day visitors will also have plenty to write home about, as they enjoy the beach, boat ramp, ski beach and playground in the lovely area. Those fishing for walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bass have access to a fish-cleaning station and fishing-pole checkout. Hikers, bikers and walkers can take the park tour trail to see all parts of Lake Thompson Recreation Area.

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    Directions

    6 miles SW of Lake Preston, SD off US 14
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • BBQ Facilities
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Full Hookups
    • Internet Access
    • Forest Areas
    • Laundry
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Picnic Area
    • Fitness Equipmt
    • Lodging - Other
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
    • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • ATV/OHV/Mtcy
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Water Sports
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Pool
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Education Activity
    • Entertainment
    • Family Activity
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/15/2020

    Camping Fun

    We again enjoyed our stay at the Lake Thompson Recreation Area. The fall colors were beautiful and it was fun watching all of the people who decided to get in some great fall fishing.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/13/2020

    Family fishing trip

    We we able to get campsites and cabins next to each other and had a great time with the kids and grandkids!!! Only wish is that the Ash Bore Beatle fire wood restrictions be re-examined, maybe be able to have wood inspected or certified before allowing it's use in the parks. Great times were had by all
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/06/2020

    Quiet & Beautiful, moderate EMF

    Quiet and beautiful. The sunset over the lake was memorable. The full moon faded the stars, the Milky Way and the constellations; yet it was exciting to see that on a darker night they would be visible. Unfortunately, the Rf values were consistently 32 to 48 µW/m^2 at our site. These EMF levels are too high for health (see Building Biology Institute standards) and for anyone who suffers from radiation sickness. But a lot safer than the extreme levels measured in Omaha (800,000 µW/m^2). Used a "Safe and Sound" meter.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/02/2020

    Camping

    Always a great stay at Lake Thompson Great place nice facilities clean and well maintained camp gound lay out great
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