Oakwood Lakes State Park

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Oakwood Lakes State Park

South Dakota

(605) 627-5441

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Overview

This park is nestled among eight connecting glacial lakes, and it provides a never-ending variety of activities throughout the year, from hiking and swimming in the summer, to ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Shaded campgrounds and picnic areas complement the Oakwood Lakes State Park's excellent swimming and boating facilities.

The park was once used as a summer camp and an annual gathering spot for American Indians. Later, Samuel Mortimer arrived in 1869 and built the log cabin that still stands in the park. The visitor center showcases an archeology display of items found in the area dating from throughout its centuries of occupation.

Trails at Oakwood Lakes State Park beckon all types of users, including horseback riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists. Visitors are reminded to use common courtesy when exploring the park's trails. Three trails take visitors on to an island trail network and near several historical sites.

Map of Oakwood Lakes (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.443666, -96.987060

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a boat ramp. There are also canoe and kayak rentals and launch areas.

  • Bicycling

    Bikes are welcome on Mortimer's Shoreline Trail and the Oakwood Lakes Prairie Trail. Mortimer's Shoreline Trail is a somewhat hilly 0.25-mile trail that passes a historic cabin. The Oakwood Lakes Prairie Trail is 2.6 miles. It meanders through grasslands and wooded areas between the eight lakes in the Oakwood chain.

  • Camping

    There are 138 campsites and six cabins (each sleeps four people). There are also ten horse camp sites.

  • Fishing

    With a license, visitors can catch walleye, perch, northern pike, and bullheads. There is an accessible fishing dock.

  • Hiking

    There are three hiking trails: Mortimer's Shoreline Trail, the Oakwood Lakes Prairie Trail, and Tetonkaha Trail. Mortimer's Shoreline Trail is 0.25 miles. The trail follows the shoreline to Ol'Spot Mortimer's cabin and continues to the fishing dock area, which connects with the boat launch trail and the campground trail. The Oakwood Lakes Prairie Trail is 2.6 miles. It meanders through grasslands and wooded areas between the eight lakes in the Oakwood chain. The natural beauty of the area, fertile lands, and wooded areas have attracted cultures for many years. The trail passes American Indian burial mounds.

    The Tetonkaha Trail is 0.75 miles long and has interpretative stations along the way. The stations have information about the geology, ecology, and human history of the area.

  • Historic Sites

    The historic cabin of Samuel (Ol' Spot) Mortimer is located in the park. Mortimer built it in 1869. He was a shoemaker from New York who moved to the Oakwood area to work as a trapper. Today this historic site stands as a reminder of the early settlers.

    East of the campground trailhead are three burial mounds which were occupied by prehistoric people, probably of the Woodland culture, about two thousand years ago. There are believed to be as many as ten mounds in the Oakwood area. The visitor center showcases an archeology display of items found in the area.

    The Fremont expedition also passed through the area, camping at Oakwood Lakes in 1838.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are ten horse camp sites. Horseback riders are welcome on the 2.6-mile Oakwood Lakes Prairie Trail.

  • Picnicking

    There are various picnic tables and picnic shelters along the shoreline of Lake Tetonkaha.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach but no lifeguard.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiers are welcome on the Oakwood Lakes Prairie Trail and the Tetonkaha Trail.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. It has recreational activities throughout the year.

Directions

Driving

Located 7 miles north and 3 miles west of Volga, SD, off US Highway 14. Alternatively, use Exit 140 on I-29.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 627-5441

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267

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