Farm Island Recreation Area

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Farm Island Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 773-2885

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Farm Island attracts all types of visitors: campers, swimmers, hikers, anglers, bird watchers, and bicyclists. With easy access to Lake Sharpe and popular beaches and trails, this park stays busy throughout the year. Anglers can fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, white bass, northern pike and perch on this Missouri River reservoir. Two boat ramps, a popular swimming beach, and a wheelchair accessible fishing dock allow all visitors a chance to play in the water. Ninety campsites in two campgrounds and two camping cabins, as well as a youth group camping area, are available.

This park features an island nature area, which provides an outdoor classroom for visitors. Eight miles of hiking trails wind through the island, giving hikers, walkers, cross-country skiers, and bicyclists a chance for peace and quiet. Visitors often see deer and a variety of birds on the island. Trail users may also notice traces of beaver activity near the water. Users have access to a nature observation blind. This park is open year-round, and both a park entrance and Fishing license are required.

Map of Farm Island Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.343003, -100.279844



  • Boating

    There is a boat ramp and canoe and paddleboat rentals are available.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycle rentals are available at the visitor center.

  • Camping

    There are two campgrounds with a total of 90 campsites open from May- September. There are also three four-person cabins, which are open year-round.

  • Fishing

    There is a fishing dock and fish cleaning stations.

  • Hiking

    There are eight miles of hiking trails through the island.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic shelters, a playground, and a visitor center.

  • RVing

    The campgrounds, open from May-September, provide opportunities for RVers to enjoy the park.

  • Water Sports

    There are boat ramps, and the visitors center offers canoe and paddleboat rentals. There is also a swimming beach, although there is no lifeguard on duty.

  • Winter Sports

    The trails on the island are popular with cross-country skiers.


The park is open year-round, with opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing in the warmer months, and cross-country ski trails open in the winter.



Located 4 miles east of Pierre off SD Highway 34.

Phone Numbers


(605) 773-2885