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    Description

    Naturalists enjoy the migrating birds and vast numbers of prairie grasses and wildflowers at Pelican Lake Recreation Area. Winter enthusiasts appreciate the park's cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Stay during the season in the campground or any time of year in a log-style cabin. Reserving your spot takes just a few minutes on the computer with the online system.

    Regular sites in the park come with electricity and comfort stations with showers and flush toilets. Sites in the horse camp include electricity and special amenities like hitching posts and corrals. Cabins provide scenic views, along with accommodations for four people. Included are a set of bunk beds, double bed, table, benches, outdoor fire grate and picnic table, and heating/air conditioning. Guests at Pelican Lake Recreation Area can relax on the beach, fish for walleye, northern pike, perch and bullheads, and check out games for family fun.

    Pelican Lake is a popular stopping point for migrating waterfowl. Each fall, geese and ducks use the lake's open waters as a resting area. A variety of shore birds spend their entire summer in or near the park. Most noticeable are the large white pelicans that frequent the lake. Pelicans were so numerous when the region was first settled that the lake was named in their honor. An observation tower on one of the hiking trails gives visitors a bird's-eye view of the area.

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    Directions

    9 miles SW of Watertown, SD off US 212
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Lake
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • Horse Facility
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Education Activity
    • Entertainment
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Outdoor Games
    • Planned Recreation
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Snowmobiling
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/17/2019

    Relaxing Weekend

    We had a marvelous spot that was large, roomy and private. The campground was very well kept up with weeds sprayed, etc. The playgrounds are great for the children. I love this park!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/15/2019

    Great Stay!

    This is a great campground with lots to do! I loved the trails. The lake is beautiful. A short drive brings you to all the stores/restaurants you could possibly need. The camp facilities are kept up very nicely!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/14/2019

    Nice campground overall.

    This is a beautiful campground. Nice roomy sites, and park keeps the grounds manicured and mowed. Like many lake campgrounds in SD, shore fishing areas are limited. Great for boaters. Overall a nice place to camp though.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/12/2019

    Great camping

    We were in 47 this time and besides it being super windy it was a great spot to camp. The night hike was fun! I love the spaceous lots. Bathrooms are very nice and kept clean too!
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