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Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

Pickerel Lake

Noted for its cool, spring-fed waters, Pickerel Lake is one of the deepest natural lakes in the state. The 955-acre lake bears an American Indian name meaning "where you spear long fish." Excursion boats were common until the early 1900's. A fish hatchery was built in 1929 and abandoned in 1979, when a new facility was built at Blue Dog Lake.

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DOT Road Report

Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

12980 446th Ave
Grenville, SD 57239

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.485552
Long: -97.248138


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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
  • Vault toilets


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Crappie
  • Perch
  • Bass

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (25E)
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fishing Dock
  • Showers

Park Specs


Northeastern South Dakota: Located 10 miles N of Waubay off US Hwy 12 


Location Map
Campground maps
Trail map and guide
Walking map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


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