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    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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    10/22/2019

    Pelican Lake In Fall

    This was not our first trip to Pelican Lake in the Fall and it definitely will not be our last! The Fall colors are beautiful. My kids loved fishing off of the multiple docks, playing on the beach, exploring the walking trails and playing on the two playgrounds. The park was pretty quiet when we were there so they could ride their bikes & scooters all over the park safely. We stayed in a cabin which was perfect for our family of four and my parents stayed on a site in a camper, we loved our location and waking up with a view of the lake. The only complaint I have was that the bath house closest to the cabins was closed when we were there so it was a bit of a trek to the other bath house. My kids are young so there was a middle of the night trip that we made every night we were there. Hopefully next Fall when we visit both bath houses will be open. We made lots of great memories and can't wait to go back again soon!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/11/2019

    Fall camping

    The sites are easily accesseable lawns were groomed nice. It is close to Watertown so you can go shopping if you need something. The bathrooms are clean and well stocked.
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    10/10/2019

    Love this campground!

    This is one of our favorite campgrounds! It is so well kept and so pretty! Staff is wonderful too! we camped there three different times this summer!
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    10/10/2019

    Spacious camp sites

    All camping sites are spacious. The play grounds are kid friendly.
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