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Oakwood Lakes State Park
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Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Our campspot down at the horse corrals. Getting ready in the early morning to hit the trails.
Oakwood Lakes State Park Ready for breakfast © Camilie Baker
Down at the horse corrals.
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Bridget Berigan
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Bridget Berigan
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Setting sun down by the lake at the swimming area.
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
The old cabin
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Our secluded, beautiful camping spot.
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Early morning breakfast over the campfire, down at the horse sites.
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Far North end of the park.
Oakwood Lakes State Park Lake © Camilie Baker
Enjoying a peaceful evening down by the swimming area and doing a little fishing too.
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Down on the fishing dock.
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20247 Oakwood Drive
Bruce, South Dakota   57220

Phone: 605-627-5441
Reservations: 800-710-2267
Email: park email button icon
Nestled among eight connecting glacial lakes, this park provides a never-ending variety of activities throughout the year, from hiking and swimming, to ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Shaded campgrounds and picnic areas complement the park?s excellent swimming and boating facilities.
History of the Area
The park was once used as a summer camp and an annual gathering spot for American Indians. Later, Samuel Mortimer arrived in 1869 and built the log cabin that still stands at the park. The visitor center showcases an archeology display of items found in the area.
Trails at Oakwood Lakes State Park beckon all types of users - horseback riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists. Use common courtesy when exploring the park's trails. Three trails take visitors on an island trail and near several historical sites.

The park is also home to a horse camp that allows horseback riders a base camp from which to explore the park's extensive trail system. Learn more about horse camps and trails in South Dakota state parks.
1. Oakwood Lakes State Park offers a designated swimming beach for visitors.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is free with park entrance fee.
4. The lake's water quality is regularly monitored to ensure safety for swimmers.
5. Life jackets and other flotation devices are allowed in the swimming area.
6. The sandy beach provides easy access into the clear waters of Lake Tetonkaha.
7. Swimming lessons aren't offered by the state park itself but can be found nearby Brookings community pools.

Nearly 3,000 acres of lake invite boaters and anglers of all types to Oakwood Lakes. In July, the park hosts an annual family canoe tour. Additionally, visitors can rent canoes and paddle the chain of lakes.

Oakwood Lakes State Park is located near Brookings

Oakwood Lakes State Park offers picnic shelters, tables and grills. It's perfect for family gatherings with a scenic lake view.
Biking enthusiasts can enjoy a 1.5-mile trail, but be mindful of the terrain's occasional steep and challenging sections.

Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails only; adherence to park rules ensures safety for all visitors.

For those seeking less strenuous routes, paved roads throughout the area offer leisurely rides with scenic views.

Remember that helmets are strongly recommended when cycling in this location due to potential hazards along paths and roadways.

Please note: bike rentals may not always be available onsite so consider bringing your own equipment if possible.

Always respect wildlife encounters while riding - maintain distance and do not disturb their natural habitat.
The park offers birdwatching opportunities with over 150 species spotted, including waterfowl and songbirds. Bird checklists are available.
Area Attractions
Lake Poinsett, Lake Thompson, Pelican Lake and Sandy Shore recreation areas

SD Art Museum, Brookings, SD Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings

Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder Home, DeSmet

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