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Fort Sisseton Historic State Park

Ft. Sisseton Picnic Shelter

Relive the western frontier

Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's past. Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings that remain from time of the western frontier.

This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), was originally a frontier army outpost called Fort Wadsworth. The site was chosen because it provided 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.

Join the festivities for entertainment, culture and history during the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival. The festival features period entertainment and activities and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Restrictions/Safety

DOT Road Report

Contact

11907 434th Avenue
Lake City, SD 57247
605.448.5474
Email: FortSisseton@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.659398
Long: -97.528266

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Activities

BirdwatchingBoatingCampingCanoeing/KayakingFishingHikingHistorical interestHorseshoesSnowshoeing

Lodging Info

Facilities/Services

  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Electric campsites
  • Event tent rentals
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game Checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Visitor Center
  • Wi-Fi

  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Guided walking tours of the Fort available

Visitor Center

Visitor Center with interpretive displays and gift shop are open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. from Open House Weekend through Labor Day and weekends in September. Guided first-person tours are available, please call ahead.

ADA / Accessibile

  • Visitor Center
  • Cabin (1)
  • Picnic shelter with kitchenette
  • Wadsworth trail

Hours

Weekend before Memorial Day - Labor Day

Visitor Center, Museum, Gift Shop & Guided Tours: open 7 Days a Week, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All Facilities: Open

September

Visitor Center, Museum: open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visitor Center, Museum, Gift Shop & Guided Tours: open Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All Facilities: Open

October - Mid-May

Building & Site Tours: available by appointment
Comfort Station: Closed
Facilities: Open and closed due to weather conditions

Park Specs

Directions

Glacial Lakes Region: 10 miles southwest of Lake City off US Highway 10

Maps

Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Eden: 8 miles
Lake City: 10 miles
Britton: 18 miles
Webster: 21 miles
Sisseton: 32 miles

Fees

Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

Campsites:

Camping Cabins:

Group rentals available for special events. Please contact Fort Sisseton for reservations.