Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

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Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 882-5200

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Nestled between Lake Cochrane and Lake Oliver, this park is an 88-acre playground for campers, anglers, boaters, and others who simply enjoy the outdoors. The quality of both the park and of the lake brings people to this area. The lake is known for its deep, cold, clear, spring-fed water. Lake Cochrane was named for the area's first homesteader, Byron J. Cochrane. Cochrane settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The area's rich farmlands soon attracted other homesteaders.

The park is located near the South Dakota-Minnesota border and surrounded by woods and hills. It provides a scenic backdrop for all park activities. This park features a small, quiet campground with easy water access. It is best known for fishing, boating, and other forms of water recreation. The spring-fed lake attracts campers, swimmers, boaters and fishermen. In the winter, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, and ice fishermen enjoy the lake.

Map of Lake Cochrane Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.902456, -97.124033



  • Boating

    There is a boat ramp.

  • Camping

    There are thirty campsites and one camping cabin, which sleeps four people.

  • Fishing

    A fishing license is required. Fishers find walleye, northern pike, bluegill, perch, and bass in the lake.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach and a boat ramp.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and ice fishermen use the area in the winter.


The park is open year-round. In the summer months, popular activities include fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking. In the winter months, visitors enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.



Located 10 miles east of Clear Lake off SD Hwy 22.

Phone Numbers


(605) 882-5200

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267