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Lake Herman State Park

Lake Herman

Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. Lake Herman State Park is located on a peninsula and offers visitors spectacular views of Lake Herman. Camping, boating, fishing, and cross country skiing are favorite activities at the park. Observe wildlife in the native oak woodlands and prairie grasses that inhabitat a variety of birds and animals.


Lake Herman has been a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Before white settlers entered the region, it was popular among Native Americans traveling to nearby Pipestone quarries.

The first settlers at Lake Herman were Herman Luce and his son, William. They settled the timberland on the east side of the lake and assumed squatters' rights on June 17, 1870. The log cabin in the park was built for Herman Luce in the summer of 1871. The cabin is made of sturdy oak logs hand hewn to fit snugly and chinked to keep out the cold.

Luce's cabin briefly served as a U. S. Land Office, with Herman Luce in charge. In 1977, the Herman Luce Cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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DOT Road Report

Lake Herman State Park

23409 State Park Drive
Madison, SD 57042

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 43.992878
Long: -97.160426

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BirdwatchingBoatingCampingCanoeing/KayakingCross country skiingDisc GolfFishingHikingHistorical interestHorseshoesSnowshoeingSwimming

Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • White Bass
  • Bullhead

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (23E, 55E)
  • Camping Cabin (Cabin 1)
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers

Park Specs


2 miles west of Madison off SD Hwy 34


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map
Disc golf course map
Cross country ski trail map

Area Attractions

In Madison:

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: