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Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region
Fort Sisseton State Park
FORT SISSETON STATE PARK
FORT SISSETON STATE PARK
11907 434th Avenue
Lake City, South Dakota   57247

Phone: 605-448-5474
Reservations: 800-710-2267
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Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings remain at frontier Fort Sisseton. This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), is a rare reminder of the western frontier. The fort's name comes from the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, and it is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's history.

Originally a frontier army outpost, this National Historic Landmark has been restored and is open to the public. The site of the fort (originally called Fort Wadsworth) was chosen for providing a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel. Guided tours by fort "soldiers" and others in costume are available.
History of the Area
Originally a frontier army outpost, this National Historic Landmark has been restored and is open to the public. The site of the fort (originally called Fort Wadsworth) was chosen for providing a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel. Guided tours by fort "soldiers" and others in costume are available.
Cabins
Three uniquely-styled cabins are available at Fort Sisseton. Each cabin offers the same amenities as other camping cabins and the same regulations apply. Furnishings in these cabins include a set of bunk beds and two double beds to sleep six people. A fourth cabin, to be shared with the other cabin users, is set up as a cooking cabin complete with stove, refrigerator, microwave and sink.
Camping
In addition to traditional campsites, Fort Sisseton also offers rental tipis, Sibley and Marquis tents for $20/night. Each tent sleeps six and can be reserved through the reservation system.


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Let Fort Sisseton be the site of your next special event. Buildings and equipment are available to rent for events such as weddings and family reunions. The South Barracks rent for $50/event and feature a kitchen, tables and chairs for up to 400 and a stage with sound and lighting systems. A 40' x 100' canopy tent is also available for $50/event. The picnic shelter features kitchen facilities for only $11. Special event park entrance fees may be available. Contact the park office for more details on rentals.

Nearby Attractions:Sica Hollow and Roy Lake state parks

Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe annual wacipi, or pow-wow

Fort Sisseton is just one of several military fort sites in North and South Dakota.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 29 Will be camping here soon by Hammond Rocker
We stopped by after spending the week at nearby Pickerel Lake. This site is one of those great get away from the office retreats with some history. Localer told me of great fishing for northern pike. Also canoe rental available. The camping cabins were only $40 which include a kitchen cabin the other three share. Equipped with stove, oven and washer & dryer. Clean showers for campers in the old restored horse barn. Approx. 45 minute drive from I29.
December 21 Great historical spot by Mark & Deb Ashworth
My husband & I visited Labor Day Weekend and we were very impressed with the condition of the Fort and all the historical information that was available. It was a wonderful opportunity to see what a real working fort looked like.


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