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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
    08/20/2018

    Slope

    We were there on a week night so there were few campers, which was nice. Not sure how much difference there would be with a full campground with noise etc., but for us it was great. The only complaint or word of caution for tent campers is that you pay attention to the slope of the bank of the lake in the East campground when selecting your site. Our site had no flat area at all to set up a tent on so we literally slid down the bank as we slept, just from normal tossing and turning. But, the morning view of the lake makes up for that. I would return to camp there again, just making a better site selection as possible.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    Great Campground

    Stayed in the east campground. Beautiful place and well taken care of. Also love that the park is doing such a good job on reestablishing the native grasses and forbs. It is a little sad to see so many 'huge' houses overbuilding the park though--hope the park is large enough or plans to purchase more surrounding land to prevent it being completely surrounded by these montrous homes--takes aways the scenic beauty and outdoor experience. Also, felt that the park employees overdid driving through the park (3 vehicles constantly circled our loop) and not always at a slow pace. Lastly, this may be the only park that the Game Warden is quite unfriendly and makes sure you know he's watching you. Between him and the host we almost felt 'watched' by an eagle eye all weekend when it is probably not necessary.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/18/2018

    Nice

    It was so peaceful and beautiful along the lake. We enjoyed our time there very much.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/14/2018

    Clean and friendly

    The out houses were the cleanest and best smelling I have ever been in. All of the rest of the area was also nicely tended to and clean. The spots were big enough and the playgrounds and beach were also very good. Will return in the future.
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