Castlewood is a town that’s built on honor, trust and stability. The town is situated in the center of one of the richest agricultural sections of northeastern Hamlin County. The approximate number of families is 300 with nearly 700 total residents. Located on Hwy 44 and 15 minutes southeast of Watertown, Castlewood is only 8 miles off of Interstate 29 and 35 minutes from Brookings.
Castlewood was platted in 1881, and the following year Chicago and Northwestern railroad built a branch line through the Big Sioux Valley with its turntable at Castlewood. It was said that the engineer of the first train passing through today’s Castlewood was a man named Castle and the conductor was a man named Wood. By 1883, Castlewood was a prosperous town with 20 dwellings, 23 business places, two hotels, two lumber sheds, two lime houses, two blacksmith shops, a harness shop and two churches. By 1884, two mills and four large grain warehouses were built.
Recreation / Community Activities
Castlewood’s two-field softball complex joins the current baseball and football field at Memorial Park, which is an attraction for athletes young and old. The fields host Little League, adult softball and baseball games, and football events. They are located in the southwest part of town and offer full concessions during ball games.
Castlewood’s nine-hole golf course offers irrigated grass greens, a fully run club house, driving range and property for homes overlooking the 79 acre facility. The golf course is located on the South East corner of town right off of 4th Street on Cemetery Road. Small or large groups welcome with no tee times needed.
Picturesque sunsets are only one of the many benefits from being on Lake Poinsett. The second largest natural lake in South Dakota covers 7,886 acres and is only 9 short miles from Castlewood.