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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
    10/09/2018

    Cabin camping

    My wife and I rented one of the cabins in the east campground to do some fishing and sight seeing in the area. Very pleased with the cabin. Clean and comfortable and was surprised that it had heat. Weather and fishing could have been better but that's South Dakota in the fall. We will be back up here again.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/25/2018

    Peaceful

    Beautiful location on east side of Pickerel. Secluded area with ample space between camp sites. Quick and easy access to the lake and surrounding lakes. Quite with good facilities .
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/23/2018

    First time visit

    This was our first time here & we loved it! Not crammed with people-perfect amount of privacy. Beautiful scenery
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/18/2018

    Fall Visit

    Nice clean campground with excellent restroom facilities. Trees starting to change color. Very relaxing and fairly quite even though there were a lot of people on the weekend. Fishing was good for bluegill and a few bass (need a boat). Easy to get enough fish for a fry. Wish the west campground had a fish cleaning facility. Had to drive to the east to clean fish but facilities there were great.
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