North Point Recreation Area

Quick Facts

North Point Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 487-7046

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Things To Do

Overview

Located on the shores of the Missouri River just above Fort Randall Dam, North Point Recreation Area provides a spectacular river view. Lewis and Clark came up the river in late-August, early-September in 1804. In this area, they saw their first prairie dogs, which they called "barking squirrels." They were also told to watch for an infrequent phenomenon called "burning bluffs," where the shale ignites and smokes.

Visitors enjoy a number of activities both on land, with paved trails, rifle range and volleyball court, and on the waters of the 102,000-acre Lake Francis Case. On any given summer day, water-skiers, boaters anglers and swimmers flock to the cool waters of the Missouri River.

Map of North Point Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.079170, -98.551940

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to Lake Francis Case. Fort Randall Marina also has a marina and a floating fuel dock.

  • Bicycling

    The North Point Trail is a two mile ride along Prairie Dog Bay. Half of the trail is paved and the other half is gravel.

  • Camping

    There are 111 electrical campsites and six camping cabins, providing plenty of room for the growing number of people that visit the park. Each cabin can sleep four people.

  • Fishing

    Fishers can catch walleye, northern pike, bass, crappie, and catfish. A license is required. There is a fish cleaning station.

  • Hiking

    The accessible North Point Trail is an easy two mile hike, appropriate for all ages.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters are located along the lake shore.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach with no lifeguard.

  • Winter Sports

    The North Point Trail is open to cross-country skiers and snowshoeing.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. In the winter, visitors enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, visitors fish, swim, picnic, camp, hike, and bike.

Park Partners

Fort Randall Marina

(605) 487-7272

Directions

Driving

Located 1 mile NW of Pickstown off US Hwy 281.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 487-7046

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