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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
    07/08/2020

    Fun for all ages

    Great couple of nights camping with the family; kids had a lot of fun at the beach and fishing, the playset also looked very nice but we never made it over there this trip - have to save that for the next visit. Facilities were clean and well-maintained and the lake water was clearer than expected; all in all a great experience.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/08/2020

    Traveling Two

    Wonderful campground and only wished we had more time to stay longer. Definitely recommend for boating, fishing, swimming or just relaxing!!!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/07/2020

    4th of July quick trip

    Quick holiday getaway for the 4th of July with family. Staff not as friendly as we have experienced at other SD state parks but other than that facilities clean and well maintained.
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    Management Response

    We are sorry to hear that you didn't have the best interactions with staff. We are happy you enjoyed the park! -Lake Vermillion Staff
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/06/2020

    Lake Vermillion June 2020 - Stop on the way to Badlands NP

    We drove from Missouri and stopped overnight at Lake Vermillion on our way to Custer State Park. We have camped many places in different states and we were amazed at how clean Lake Vermillion State Park was. The sites were well mowed & maintained, the bathrooms were extremely clean, & our kids loved the quality playground in each campsite area. We will definitely return! In July it was a little hot, humid & lots of bugs in the evenings. We tent camped and with windows vented and a small fan it wasn't too bad!
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    Management Response

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the park! We hope you visit again! -Lake Vermillion Staff
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