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Mina Lake Recreation Area

Mina Lake

Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is a water-lover's haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming. When you leave the water, a spacious campground, hiking trail, and several picnic areas provide hours of family fun.


Mina was one of the first man-made lakes in northeast South Dakota. Its beginning dates back to the 1930s, when area residents sought relief from years of drought.

In 1934, the Mina Dam was completed and the lake was named Shake Maza, a Lakota word for "shaped like a horseshoe." The name never quite caught-on, however, and it was later renamed in honor of a railroad president's daughter.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

MIna Lake Recreation Area

402 Park Avenue
Mina, SD 57451

GPS Coordinates

Park entrance and campground
Lat: 45.446704
Long: -98.74082

Lodge entrance
Lat: 45.447464
Long: -98.742993

Make a camping reservation



Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

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


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Bass
  • Bullhead

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (7E)
  • Camping Cabins (#1)
  • Lodge
  • Hiking Trail
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Showers

Park Specs


Northeastern South Dakota: 11 miles W of Aberdeen off US Hwy 12 


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide

Area Attractions

In Aberdeen:

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: