Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

Fees

Daily: $8 per vehicle
Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
Campsites: - electrical: $26 per night
Campsites: - non-electrical: Tent-Only: $15 per night
Cabins:: $55 per night

Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.
Amenities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets

ADA/Accessible

Camping Cabins
  • Camping Site
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Activities
    • Basketball
    • Biking
    • Birdwatching
    • Boating
    • Camping
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horseshoes
    • Swimming
    • Volleyball

    Address

    Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
    26140 451st Ave.
    Canistota, SD 57012
    605.296.3643
    Email: LakeVermillion@state.sd.us
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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.

    Park Specs

    Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

    Park Size: 3 campgrounds with 94 campsites and 7 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)

    Directions:

    5 miles south of I-90, Exit 374

    Nearest Town: Canistota

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