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Farm Island Recreation Area

Farm Island

Located east of Pierre, Farm Island attracts all types of visitors - campers, swimmers, hikers, anglers, bird watchers and bicyclists. With easy access to Lake Sharpe and popular beaches and trails, this park stays busy throughout the year. Additionally, the park has ties to the Lewis and Clark expedition, which is detailed in the Lewis and Clark family center.

Nature Area & Trails

Farm Island features an island nature area, which provides an outdoor classroom for visitors. Eight miles of hiking trails wind through the island and give hikers, walkers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists a chance for peace, quiet and nature observation.

Deer and a variety of birds are very common to see on the island. Trail users may also notice traces of beaver activity near the water. Users also have access to a nature observation blind.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Farm Island Recreation Area

1301 Farm Island Road
Pierre, SD 57501

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 44.345921
Long: -100.27995

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Archery rangeBasketballBikingBirdwatchingBoatingCampingCanoeing/KayakingCross country skiingFishingHikingHistorical interestHorseshoesSnowshoeingSwimmingVolleyball


Comfort Station #2 in the main campground will be closed until the spring of 2018 starting on Tuesday, September 5th. This closure will allow construction crews to begin work on replacing this facility. We will keep comfort station #1 open as late in the fall as weather allows.

Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Vault toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Warming shelter
  • Wi-Fi

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping sites (52E, 53E)
  • Showers
  • Picnic shelter
  • Fishing dock

Park Specs


Central South Dakota: 4 miles east of Pierre of SD Hwy 34

Nearest Town



Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map

Area Attractions


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: