I never really immersed myself in outdoor activities other than a little fishing here and there until shortly after I graduated from high school. While in college, the group of friends I immersed myself with were extreme fishermen and outdoorsmen. I finally got the hang of the outdoorsman lifestyle and I haven’t looked back since. We had many great times in Northeast South Dakota and now I’m going to let you know where to go and what to do when you head in my direction.
3. Richmond Lake State Recreation Area
Just like most lakes in Northeast South Dakota, Richmond lake is a fisherman’s haven. In mid-spring, the panfishing is abslolutely amazing. There are many public areas to fish, and signs will direct you to each and every public fishing area. Although there is no public transportation besides taxi, it is only 10 miles northeast of Aberdeen, SD. The drive is very short and scenic, as the landscape is very flat. If you like to throw disc, there is also a great disc golf course right next to the lake. The holes are up-hill, down-hill, and even accross standing water. Definitely one of the better disc golf courses I’ve ever played. There are numerous places to take a camper or to pitch up a tent, although you do have to pay a small fee for daily access.
2. Big Stone Lake
Big Stone Lake, which runs right past Big Stone City, SD, is absolutely favorite camping destination. The lake is roughly 25 miles long and is right on the border between South Dakota and Minnesota. There a campsites that are directly off-shore, so you can get up and throw a line into the water at your leisure. I have caught many walleye, northern pike, crappie, bullhead, and catfish. If you aren’t into fishing, feel free to drive yourself to Hartford Beach State Park to play a round of Disc Golf. The terrain of this course is filled with large hills and trees. Even if you don’t play, walking the course in the late summer and early fall months is a great nature experience. You will see various types of birds and wildlife in this area. Hartford Beach also offers cabins for rent, so if you arent the kind of person that enjoys pitching at tent, know that there are also other possibilities out there. There are numerous “mom and pop” shops all around the lake that sell bait and other camping essentials. But I think it would be in your best interest to pack a cooler or two full of food and bait for the trip so you don’t miss out on any of your outdoor time.
1. Storybook Land
Storybook Land is located right on the north side of Aberdeen, SD. Storybook Land is an amusement park dedicated to numerous nursery rhymes and the “Wizard of Oz”. There are too many amazing displays to talk about so I will just stick to the basics. I would estimate there to be exhibits of nearly 50 nursery rhymes with child interactive slides, mazes, and even a large castle. Also at Storybook Land, there is an ever expansive dedication to “The Wizard of Oz”. Dorothy’s house, a simulated tornado walk-through, and even the yellow brick road with many stops along the way are just the beginning. At storybook land, there is also a petting zoo and a large plot of land with various types of herd animals grazing within eye’s site. And I’m not done yet. Storybook land also offers some amusement rides including a train, a carrousel, and the “Wizard of Oz” hot air balloon.
Camping at Storybook Land is a great experience. Whether you opt for pitching your own tent in their lot, or you rent a cabin for a night or two, you definitely won’t be disappointed. There are many places in the immediate area to get food, although driving about one mile to Aberdeen might be the best bet if you are looking for a good meal. Right down the road from Storybook Land is a mini golf course, bumper boats,
go karts, and Wylie Beach. This is truly a great camping destination for those of you with children ranging from toddlers to young adults.
This was a very hard list to come up with, as there is such a vast array of amazing places to camp in Northeast South Dakota. I urge you to make the trip to the area if you haven’t already done so, so that you can experience some of the most amazing camping experiences possible. Northeast South Dakota awaits your visit.
All of this information is from first-hand experience. I have lived in this area for my entire life and have experienced all of the aforementioned subject data.