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Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

Lake Cochrane

Nestled between Lake Cochrane and Lake Oliver is an 88-acre playground for campers, anglers, boaters and those who simply enjoy the outdoors. Both the quality of the park and the clear, spring-fed lake bring people to this area. Lake Cochrane was named for the area's first homesteader, Byron J. Cochrane, who settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The area's rich farmlands and attractive setting soon attracted other homesteaders.

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DOT Road Report

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

3454 Edgewater Drive
Gary, SD 57237

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 44.714191
Long: -96.478932

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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Bluegill
  • Perch
  • Bass

ADA / Accessible

  • Campsite (3E)
  • Camping Cabin (#1)
  • Picnic Shelter

Park Specs


Northeastern South Dakota: 10 miles east of Clear Lake off SD Hwy 22


Location Map
Campground map

Area Attractions

Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Sandy Shore Recreation Area
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo
SD Art Museum
SD Agricultural Heritage Museum

Nearest Town

Clear Lake


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: