Lake Louise Recreation Area

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Lake Louise Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 853-2533

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Anglers and hunters come to this area, located in the heart of pheasant and duck country, for its abundant game. Panfish are a popular catch here. Lake Louise was made in 1932, when the south fork of Wolf Creek was dammed. Water depth in this 164-acre impoundment averages nine feet, with a maximum depth of 25 feet. The park also features a hiking trail appropriate for visitors of all ages. The trail has a number of interpretive stations with information about the lake's ecology, natural history, human history, and current uses. The trail leads visitors through woodlands, along the shores of the lake, across grasslands, and through a marsh area. Notable wildlife in the park include bluebirds, ponderosa pines, and the wide variety of wildflowers. The park also features two sites of historical interest: an old well in the West Campground and a series of American Indian burial mounds by the main campground.

Map of Lake Louise Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.626275, -99.147663



  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to the lake.

  • Camping

    Two campgrounds offer a total of 39 campsites. The main campground features 29 sites, all electrical. The west campground's ten non-electrical sites are first-come, first-served. There are also two cabins, each of which can accommodate up to four people.

  • Fishing

    There is an accessible fishing dock and a fish cleaning station. Panfish are common in the lake.

  • Hiking

    The 3.2 mile Pheasant Run Trail is an easy hike appropriate for all ages. It is a loop that follow the southern shore of the lake. There are forty interpretive stations along the trail with information about the lake's ecology, history, and current uses. The signs indicate interesting species including bluebirds, wildflowers, and ponderosa pines. Historic sites include an old well in the west campground and American Indian burial mounds near the main campground.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic shelters and a playground located along the southern shore of the lake provide picnicking opportunities.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach but there is no lifeguard.


The park is open year-round, as are the camping cabins. Most of the parks' facilities are geared towards summer use.



Located 14 miles NW of Miller of US Hwy 14.

Phone Numbers


(605) 853-2533