Pelican Lake State Rec Area

South Dakota State Park

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44991-44999 175th Street Watertown, SD 57201 605-882-5200

GPS: 44.847, -97.209

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Overview of Pelican Lake State Rec Area

Number of Sites 45

Reservations yes

Elevation 1,738 ft / 529 m

Max Length 45 ft

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Last reported 3/25/2020
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The Rollin Ollens
AB, Canada 28' Winnebago Vista
31 reviews
“Very overpriced for non residents”

Reviewed 3/25/2020

Nightly rate: $26
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 57
Overall Rating

This park is well off of the beaten path. We chose it because it was the only game in town when we were traveling through. We were on our way back to Canada because of the pandemic and had little choice regarding time of year.

Signage was adequate. We had no problem getting there. The roads are good pavement all the way.

The park office is as you enter the park. It was never manned while we were there. We had booked the site by telephone when we called to see if the park was open so there was no need to check in. Booking was a bit long a drawn out. Our operator did not seem to know the procedure well.

Our site, 57, was a back in and it consisted of a gravel pad with a table and fire pit. The utilities consisted of power to the left rear. There are no other amenities other than a dump station on the way out. We backed our towed in first and re attached so we could leave quickly the next morning. The site was plenty long for us.

We were the only registered guests in the park but the place is well used by locals even in the off season. We had a number of people walking their dogs OFF LEASH, a quite a few just parked their vehicles by the frozen over lake sitting inside enjoying the view. Once it got dark activity did slow down.

We think this park would be very nice in season. We noted that cabins are also available. It was an okay stay but very over priced for what you get.

To start we were charged $2.00 because we phoned in our reservation. The Camping fee was @26.00.
We were charged a non resident tax of $7.70 that was not disclosed when we booked in plus a state tax of $1.17 and tourism tax of .39 cents. In season, there would also be a park entrance fee. Cost is unknown because we only used the campground. The rest of the park was not open. We paid $37.26 in total for a park that should have been $26.00. We would not consider this park if others were available. It appears that the state of South Dakota does not like non residents.

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Danbury, WI 21' Winnebago 2106 2017 Ford F 150
7 reviews
“Our favorite SD Rec. area”

Reviewed 8/9/2018

Nightly rate: $28
Days stayed: 1
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We stay here when we go to and from the Bighorns, and we’ve been doing since 2006. We’ve never been disappointed. No hook-ups except electric, clean facilities, and well maintained grounds. We don’t travel much until after Labor Day and this is when we stay here, much quieter I’m assuming. The lakeside sites are the best, as they provides a great view of the sunrise, and a nighttime view of the lights of Watertown, and we always stop at the Terry Redlin gallery on our way home. Have never needed a reservation yet for off season, and check- in can be done on my cell phone. Cell service is good because of being only a mile or 2 from a Tower. Never bothered to check wi-fi.

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Greg would stay here again

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  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • dump station
  • showers
  • water available


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