Mina Lake Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Mina Lake Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 626-3488

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Things To Do

Overview

Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is a water-lover's haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing, and swimming. Away from the water, a spacious campground, hiking trail, and several picnic areas provide hours of family fun. Mina was one of the first man-made lakes in northeast South Dakota. Its beginning dates back to the 1930s, when the residents of the area sought relief from years of drought.

In 1934, the Mina Dam was completed and the lake was named Shake Maza, a Lakota word for "shaped like a horseshoe." The name never quite caught on, however, and it was later renamed in honor of a railroad president's daughter.

Today there is a hiking and bicycling trail through the park. The trail has interpretive stations along its length with information about the human and natural history of the area. There is also an established swimming beach, a boat ramp, and a picnic shelter. The park has two campgrounds.

Map of Mina Lake Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.541104, -98.638172

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to the lake.

  • Bicycling

    The 0.75 mile Shake Maza Trail is open to bikers. This easy gravel trail is appropriate for all ages and has 19 interpretive stations with information about the human and natural history of the area.

  • Camping

    Two campgrounds provide a total of 36 campsites. There is also one cabin that sleeps four people and one three-bedroom, furnished lodge that sleeps up to eight people.

  • Fishing

    Visitors can catch walleye, northern pike, perch, bass, and bullhead. A fishing license is required. There is an accessible fishing dock.

  • Hiking

    The 0.75 mile Shake Maza Trail is an easy gravel trail is appropriate for all ages. It has 19 interpretive stations with information about the human and natural history of the area. Topics of the stations include cottonwood trees and the other flora of the park, the history of the lake, and the history of the prairie surrounding the lake.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground, which has a dump station, drinking water, flush toilets, and showers.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach but no lifeguard.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, but the camping season is confined to May through September.

Directions

Driving

Located 11 miles W of Aberdeen off US Hwy 12.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 626-3488

Permits

(800) 710-2267

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