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Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

Lake Vermillion

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.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

26140 451st Ave.
Canistota, SD 57012
Email: LakeVermillion@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 43.594764
Long: -97.185173

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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • 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
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Crappie
  • Blue gill

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (1E)
  • Camping Cabins (1, 4, 5)
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fishing Dock

Park Specs

  • Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
    • Campsites and Cabins: Available up to 90 days prior to arrival.
  • Open: Year-round
  • Size: 3 campgrounds with 94 campsites and 7 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)


Southeastern South Dakota: 5 miles south of I-90, Exit 374


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

  • Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license


  • $15 non-electrical
  • $19 electrical site

Camping Cabins:

  • $40/night