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    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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    5 miles S of I-90 at Moutrose, SD Exit 374
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    • 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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    • WiFi
    • Internet Access
    • River
    • Laundry
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Repair Services
    • Good Shopping
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    • 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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    • Water Slides
    • Fly Fishing
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
    • Trap/Skeet Shooting
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    Beautiful and Peaceful

    I want sure about this location when I booked it but once we got there, found that this place would be a great place to bring the rest of the family. Love the view and didn't realize that we could rent canoes and kayaks which is a wonderful plus. Will be back again.
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    Management Response

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the park! We hope to see you again! -Lake Vermillion Staff
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    Cold showers

    We had a good stay it was very hot so AC in cabins where nice. We went to shower in the evening and had to take a cold shower and that was no good and no one was ever around to do anything about it. Things to improve now are have hot water for guest's and work on customer service.
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    Management Response

    We are sorry to hear you had issues with the water temperature in the showers. I did check both the men's and women's showers this morning and found them both to be in working order, though it did take some time for the water to warm up due to having tankless water heaters. Typically, we have someone in the front entrance booth from around 1pm until around 9pm or so on a weekday evening. We are also reachable by calling our phone number which is listed on the handouts given to guests at check-in. Depending on the time, we may not answer, but you can leave a message and we will get back to you or take care of the issue. -Lake Vermillion Staff
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    Loved It

    Great site for camping, fishing and swimming. Staff was great.
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    Management Response

    We are glad you enjoyed your site! Site 57 is a really nice site. Some of the sites along the lake on the east get a little steep. 57 has a nice size yard that slopes more gradually to the water than most. -Lake Vermillion Staff
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    An Unexpected Gem

    We selected Lake Vermillion Recreation Area because of its proximity to I-90 and Sioux Falls. What we experienced was much more. Yes, easy to find, clean and spacious sites, and access to a very nice lake. But we really enjoyed the walking trail, and convenience to Sioux Falls. We definitely will return when back in the area.
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    We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the park! We hope you are able to return in the future! -Lake Vermillion Staff
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