Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

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Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 296-3643

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Known for its clear waters and abundant fish, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area is a popular area among fishermen, boaters, and swimmers. During the fall, sportsmen can find waterfowl and upland game within minutes from the park. This 512-acre reservoir is located 27 miles west of Sioux Falls. Lake Vermillion was created by impounding waters from the east fork of the Vermillion River in 1958. The river itself was first noted on an 1801 map by a French trapper who called it Otter Stream. The word vermillion means vivid red color. Some say the stream got its name from the outcropping of red quartzite along its bank. The Otter Stream Trail, a loop trail that leads to the hills above the lake, provides a short, easy hike for all ages. The park has campsites and camping cabins. Visitors can catch walleye, northern pike, crappie, and bluegill. There are beaches for swimmers and for water skiers.

Map of Lake Vermillion Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.597673, -97.188149



  • Boating

    There are boat ramps and canoeing rentals are available.

  • Camping

    Lake Vermillion has two campgrounds, one on each side of the 512-acre lake, with a total of 66 campsites. The west unit features a modern comfort station, swimming beach, picnic area, playground equipment, dump station and fish cleaning station. This unit also has an accessible campsite and fishing pier. A 36-unit campground has recently been developed on the east side of the lake, with a comfort station, playground and boat ramp. There are also five cabins, each of which can accommodate four people.

  • Fishing

    With a fishing license, fishers can catch walleye, northern pike, crappie, and bluegill. There is a fishing dock and a fish cleaning station.

  • Hiking

    The 1.25 mile Otter Stream Trail is an easy hike appropriate for all ages.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter and a playground.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campsite.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach without a lifeguard and a beach for water skiers.


The park is open year-round, but most facilities are geared toward summer use.



Located 5 miles S of I-90, Exit 374.

Phone Numbers


(605) 296-3643

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267