Burke Lake Recreation Area

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Burke Lake Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 337-2587

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Overview

The oasis on the prairie has a 25-acre lake surrounded by trees. Visitors enjoy boating, sailing, and canoeing on the lake, which averages only eight feet in depth. Native and introduced prairie grasses and wildflowers abound in the 206-acre park, and wildlife of all kinds inhabit this unique area. The 16 campsites at Burke Lake are available on a first come, first-served basis. All sites are non-electric. The park has areas for tent camping and RV-type campers. The lake is known for its panfishing, and it is also home to largemouth bass, perch, northern pike, bluegill, and bullheads. A fishing license is required. Hikers can expect to find a variety of native flora and fauna around the lake. Trees of the area include cottonwood, green ash, locust, and hackberry. Ponderosa pine and eastern red cedar abound in the drier portions of the park. Wild rose, plum, grape, gooseberry, and elderberry are among the common shrubs. Any number of different waterfowl can be found along the shoreline, including mallards, widgeon, and wood ducks; some of these will even nest and raise their young in the park. Northern harrier and red-tailed hawks patrol the skies. Quiet visitors may even catch a glimpse of a turkey, pheasant, or white-tailed deer.

Map of Burke Lake Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.391572, -99.116797

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is a popular activity on Burke Lake. There is a boat ramp for launching.

  • Camping

    There are 15 campsites which are open to any kind of vehicle. They are open year-round and available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are sources of potable water and restroom facilities.

  • Fishing

    The lake is known for its panfishing, as well as largemouth bass, perch, Northern pike, bluegill, and bullheads. A fishing license is required. The lake has a boat ramp and an accessible fishing dock.

  • Hiking

    The West Shoreline Hiking Trail is a 7.5-mile trail that follows the shore of the lake. It is a moderately difficult hike, with some hilly sections and an even grassy trail. The trailhead is located in the campground, where there is a toilet, picnic table, and parking lot.

    Hikers can expect to find a variety of native flora and fauna around this small, impounded lake. Trees of the area include cottonwood, green ash, locust, and hackberry. Ponderosa pine and eastern red cedar abound in the drier portions of the park. Wild rose, plum, grape, gooseberry, and elderberry are among the common shrubs. Any number of different waterfowl can be found along the shoreline; some of these will even nest and raise their young in this environment. Mallards, teal, widgeon, and wood ducks have been seen on the lake. Northern harrier and red-tailed hawks patrol the skies; and, if you're quiet, you may be provided with a glimpse of a turkey, pheasant, or white-tail deer.

  • Picnicking

    The lake has two picnic shelters and tables, as well as sources of potable water and restroom facilities.

  • RVing

    The lake's 15 campsites are open to RVs.

Seasonality/Weather

During the summer, it can reach the 80s F during the day, and is generally in the 60s F at night. In the winter, highs are in the 30s F , with temperatures falling to 0º F at night. The area is generally arid: June is the rainiest month and January is the driest. The campsites are open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Located 2 miles east of Burke off US Highway 18.

Flying

The closest airports are the O'Neill Muni-John L. Baker Field Airport in O'Neill, Nebraska (58 miles away) and the Pierre Regional Airport in Pierre, South Dakota, which is 97 miles away from the lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 337-2587

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