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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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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/15/2018

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    The only thing we have been there only once this year we have been trying so we get there last weekend and 7 spaces where empty so that is hard where we love campimg and people dont show up. Thanks
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/13/2018

    Cabins

    Stayed there with a group. 2 Cabins and 1 RV Spot. Everything was great. Beds in cabins were comfortable. RV spot was hassle free. Would be nice to have water near the cabins.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/12/2018

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    Everything was good. You do need to get your programs on the State emails so we know if something we are interested in is happening at Pelican. This weekend there was dutch oven cooking, but we only found out through seeing the poster in the bathrooms.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/11/2018

    Serene

    We only camped one night but had a relaxing night during our college road trip tour with our grandson. Beautiful, serene spot to relax and re-group at. Clean restroom and nice showers, a great bonus.
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