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    Description

    Known for its clear waters and abundant fish, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area is a popular place among fishermen, boaters and swimmers. During the fall, sportsmen can find waterfowl and upland game within minutes from the park. This 512-acre reservoir is located 27 miles west of Sioux Falls.

    Three campgrounds with both electrical and non-electrical sites and camping cabins provide plenty of space for overnight visitors. Whether you bring an RV, a tent or prefer the comfort of the indoors, making a reservation is quick and easy. A little time at the computer using the online system and you're good to go. You can hit the beach, rent a canoe or kayak or unpack your fishing gear to haul in a catch of walleye, northern pike, crappie or blue gill. If you choose to stay in a cabin at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, they are available year-round. Each sleeps four people and is furnished with a set of bunk beds, double bed, table, benches and heating/air conditioning.

    Lake Vermillion was created by impounding waters from the east fork of the Vermillion River in 1958. The river itself was first noted on an 1801 map by a French trapper who called it Otter Stream. The word vermillion means vivid red color. Some say the stream got its name from the outcropping of red quartzite along its bank. Along with red, you'll find three other R's at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area: rest, relaxation and recreation.

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    Directions

    5 miles S of I-90 at Moutrose, SD Exit 374
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • Pull Thru Available
    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • ADA Accessible
    • Phone
    • Pets Welcome
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • WiFi
    • Internet Access
    • River
    • Laundry
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Repair Services
    • Good Shopping
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Rec Room
    • Boat Ramp
    • Boat Rentals
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Water Slides
    • Fly Fishing
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
    • Trap/Skeet Shooting
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/17/2019

    More than we expected

    The cabins were clean, nice size for 4 people, outdoor area was nice. Walking distance to bathroom was not bad. Outdoor grill was clean and ample cooking area on it. We were prepared for the worse and we were pleasantly surprised
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/17/2019

    Great Tent Sites

    I stopped here in the way to the Badlands camping on my motorcycle. I would definitely stay here again. I like that tent sites are off to themselves. The cabins also look great and may try that next time. Staff is excellent.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/16/2019

    No Shade

    I get that the money maker has become RV camping and that garbage, but what happened to real campsites? In the woods? This was a small plot cut out of a field with zero shade. No place to hang a hammock. No shelter during the sun's peak hours AT ALL. Did all the good campsites get turned over into electrical sites for people to park their air conditioned bus? That is a very sad a and gross thing. On checkout day the rangers came by FOUR times to check if I'd left yet. IT WASN'T EVEN NOON YET. Isn't checkout time 4 PM???? How about letting a person enjoy the time and space they paid for, instead of driving them out and making them feel as unwelcome as that tick I found on my arm? So RUDE. Not likely to return to this place if that's how things are run.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/16/2019

    Beautiful Campground

    This is a lovely small lake to stay at, and close to Sioux Falls. We stayed in the tent-only section, which is well worth the extra trouble of walking your gear 100 feet from the car, for extra space and privacy. Everything was clean and well-maintained. The western shore of the long arm of the lake (by the cabins) is a good place to set up for fishing, since you have rip-rap but a flat grassy mowed path right next to it. In other words, there is a comfortable spot for a picnic blanket and kids to run around while you fish, which made it more enjoyable for them and my wife.
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