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    Description

    Noted for its cool, spring-fed waters, Pickerel Lake is one of the deepest natural lakes in the state. The 955-acre lake bears an American Indian name meaning "where you spear long fish." Visitors to the Pickerel Lake Recreation Area can try their hand at reeling in a catch, as well as swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities.

    Making a reservation to spend the night in the park's natural beauty is easy with the online system. Choose from among the options of an electrical or basic campsite, or a snug one-room cabin. The log-style cabins are open year-round, with air conditioning and heating to keep the indoor temperature comfortable. Each is furnished with beds for four people (a set of bunk beds and a double bed), table and benches. You'll be able to use the fire grate and picnic table for dining outdoors.

    If you're at Pickerel Lake Recreation Area fishing for walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bass, the fishing dock, fish-cleaning station and fishing pole checkout will come in handy. Canoes and kayaks can be rented, and games are available for use at the park. A hike on the Glacial Mounds Trail shows several examples of how glaciers formed the landscape of the area, and the Ponderosa trail provides visitors with the chance to surround themselves with the delightful sight and smell of pine trees.

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    Directions

    10 miles N of Waubay, SD off US 12
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • Pull Thru Available
    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • ADA Accessible
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Full Hookups
    • Forest Areas
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Sewer Hookups
    • Lodging - Other
    • Monthly Rates
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/07/2019

    One night stand

    A tad on the $$$ side and a tad complicated to use an 800 number plus credit card to pay. Not clear map of campsites nor an opportunity to choose site. So much for the downside. The park itself is maybe the best I can remember in 40 plus years of car camping. The rest room and shower are first class: clean, well lighted, water is hot, flush toilets work. I walked down to the lake but didn’t find access to swimming or a hiking trail. Not that I took any time looking. All in all, quite a refreshing stop in my cross country road trip.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/05/2019

    still a fun weekend

    We arrived on Wednesday to what usually is our favorite site #61 on the east side. Thursday overnight a rain storm came through. Our site FLOODED!! The camp host was there right away in the morning and started pumping the water out. Said the site has flooded three times before. With luck the site right beside #62 had cancelled and we were able to move over one spot. One other issue we had was the cabin located just across was playing music so loud on Friday night is was hard to fall asleep. I finally got up at 2:00 am and turned the fan on to help drown out the noise. It would be nice to have someone patrol and make sure that quite hours are enforced.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/05/2019

    Good Park

    The campground was really nice. The park was clean and good for kids. The trails were great. The bathroom could have used a good cleaning. Russell the state park employee was super friendly and awesome guy to visit with.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/05/2019

    unlevel

    We have a hybrid expandable camper - and have camped for a few years - mostly without challenges. This time however was different. I reserved a pull thru spot in case my husband would be working the weekend. Silly me - should have realized that you drive in...no problem there...but the door opens to the roadway. We went in opposite so we could get out safely. This started our issue...a very sloped pad. We had a few 2x4 or 2x6 pieces if wood to help us get level, but since this isn't something we run into - it was a challenge. It would be beneficial if that spot was used for parking or something. The slope is kind of dangerous as you exit a camper. It was NOT a very fun evening. To top it off, there had been ALOT of rain the day before/morning of. The park ranger was looking over sites/campers, etc. and had a load of wood on. Well, it was wet. But I was told - It was split dried. Big deal -the wood is not covered in the state parks we camp at. It's no fun to sit around a smoky campfire. Each site was struggling to have a decent fire.
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